I am working on an experiment involving the analysis of expression of a protein X in wild-type (+/+) and knockout mice (-/-). In the knockout mice, the gene of interest has been constitutively knocked out. For both genotypes, I am analysing postnatal day 2 (P2) and postnatal day 10 (P10) mice.
If in the knockout P2 and P10 mice, the levels of protein X are significantly increased compared to the wild-type P2 and P10 mice respectively, one could say that this effect could possibly be due to the gene of interest being knocked out. However, I was wondering, is 'constitutive effect' the proper terminology to explain a biological effect that occurs due to a gene being constitutively knocked out?
Any insights are appreciated.