NCI-Frederick Advisory Committee, NCI (2011 - 2015)
Board of External Experts, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH (2007 - Present)
Director, Stanford NHLBI Proteomics Center, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH (2010 - 2015)
Honors & Awards
Teal Innovator Award, Department of Defense (2012-2017)
Outstanding Research Achievement, for Mass Cytometry and CyTOF, Nature Publishing Group (2011)
Stohlman Scholar, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (2000)
Scholar of the Leukemia Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (1996-2000)
Burrough's Wellcome Investigator's Award In Pharmacology, Burroughs Wellcome (1995-2000)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, MIT, David Baltimore Laboratory, Biochemistry (1993)
Ph.D., Stanford University, Genetics (1989)
B.S., Cornell University, Genetics (1983)
Current Research and Scholarly Interests
Our areas of expertise include signal transduction, immunology, cancer biology, auto-immunity, retroviral design, bioinformatics and genetics. Our laboratorys recent interests include studying signaling alterations at the single cell level in leukemia and lymphomas, cancer stem cells, and determining which of these signaling attributes correlate with patient outcome, drug reactivity and mechanism of disease progressions.
We recently developed for immunology studies CyTOF, an advanced flow cytometric tool that is a hybrid flow cytometer-mass spectrometer instrument. This tool has revolutionized single cell analysis by enabling direct measurement of up to 100 parameters per cell. With novel computational approaches we expect this number to reach 500 or more parameters per cell--- at the rate of thousands of cells per second. This "depp phenotypic profiling" is allowing an entirely new way of looking at the immune system and cancer.
The lab puts substantial effort into bioinformatics approaches to mine the datasets we collect and to automate the production of network models of the signaling pathways affected. For this, we have collaborations with statisticians, engineering departments, and computer design specialists here at Stanford and UC Berkeley to extend our efforts to make the program in the laboratory extremely cross-disciplinary.
Dr. Nolan has published over 170 papers, most in top tier journals, has over 20 issued patents, has been cited as one of the top inventors at Stanford, and has a strong record of translating technology and inventions for the public good. Dr. Nolan was recently awarded the Department of Defense Teal Innovator Award for work on ovarian cancer. The journal Nature awarded the Outstanding Research Achievement for 2011 to the Nolan Lab for its work in single-cell analysis by mass cytometry.
Genome, Proteome and Tissue Microarray in Childhood Acute Leukemia
We will study gene and protein expression in leukemia cells of children diagnosed with acute leukemia. We hope to identify genes or proteins which can help us grade leukemia at diagnosis in order to: (a) develop better means of diagnosis and (b) more accurately choose the best therapy for each patient.
Independent Studies (17)
- Biomedical Informatics Teaching Methods
BIOMEDIN 290 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
- Directed Reading and Research
BIOMEDIN 299 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
- Directed Reading in Cancer Biology
CBIO 299 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
- Directed Reading in Immunology
IMMUNOL 299 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
- Directed Reading in Microbiology and Immunology
MI 198 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
- Directed Reading in Microbiology and Immunology
MI 299 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
- Early Clinical Experience in Immunology
IMMUNOL 280 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
- Graduate Research
CBIO 399 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
- Graduate Research
IMMUNOL 399 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
- Graduate Research
MI 399 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
- Medical Scholars Research
BIOMEDIN 370 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
- Medical Scholars Research
MI 370 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
- Out-of-Department Advanced Research Laboratory in Experimental Biology
BIO 199X (Sum)
- Out-of-Department Graduate Research
BIO 300X (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
- Teaching in Immunology
IMMUNOL 290 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
- Undergraduate Research
IMMUNOL 199 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
- Undergraduate Research
MI 199 (Aut, Win, Spr, Sum)
- Biomedical Informatics Teaching Methods
Prior Year Courses
- Advanced Immunology I
IMMUNOL 201, MI 211 (Win)
- Advanced Immunology I
- Automated identification of stratifying signatures in cellular subpopulations PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 2014; 111 (26): E2770-E2777
Single-cell mass cytometry for analysis of immune system functional states.
Current opinion in immunology
2013; 25 (4): 484-494
Mass cytometry facilitates high-dimensional, quantitative analysis of the effects of bioactive molecules on cell populations at single-cell resolution. Datasets are generated with panels of up to 45 antibodies. Each antibody is conjugated to a polymer chelated with a stable metal isotope, usually in the lanthanide series of the periodic table. Antibody panels recognize surface markers to delineate cell types simultaneously with intracellular signaling molecules to measure biological functions, such as metabolism, survival, DNA damage, cell cycle and apoptosis, to provide an overall determination of the network state of an individual cell. This review will cover the basics of mass cytometry as well as outline assays developed for the platform that enhance the immunologist's analytical arsenal.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.coi.2013.07.004
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Multiplexed mass cytometry profiling of cellular states perturbed by small-molecule regulators
2012; 30 (9): 858-U89
Mass cytometry facilitates high-dimensional, quantitative analysis of the effects of bioactive molecules on human samples at single-cell resolution, but instruments process only one sample at a time. Here we describe mass-tag cellular barcoding (MCB), which increases mass cytometry throughput by using n metal ion tags to multiplex up to 2n samples. We used seven tags to multiplex an entire 96-well plate, and applied MCB to characterize human peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) signaling dynamics and cell-to-cell communication, signaling variability between PBMCs from eight human donors, and the effects of 27 inhibitors on this system. For each inhibitor, we measured 14 phosphorylation sites in 14 PBMC types at 96 conditions, resulting in 18,816 quantified phosphorylation levels from each multiplexed sample. This high-dimensional, systems-level inquiry allowed analysis across cell-type and signaling space, reclassified inhibitors and revealed off-target effects. High-content, high-throughput screening with MCB should be useful for drug discovery, preclinical testing and mechanistic investigation of human disease.
View details for DOI 10.1038/nbt.2317
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Single-cell mass cytometry adapted to measurements of the cell cycle.
Cytometry. Part A : the journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
2012; 81 (7): 552-566
Mass cytometry is a recently introduced technology that utilizes transition element isotope-tagged antibodies for protein detection on a single-cell basis. By circumventing the limitations of emission spectral overlap associated with fluorochromes utilized in traditional flow cytometry, mass cytometry currently allows measurement of up to 40 parameters per cell. Recently, a comprehensive mass cytometry analysis was described for the hematopoietic differentiation program in human bone marrow from a healthy donor. The current study describes approaches to delineate cell cycle stages utilizing 5-iodo-2-deoxyuridine (IdU) to mark cells in S phase, simultaneously with antibodies against cyclin B1, cyclin A, and phosphorylated histone H3 (S28) that characterize the other cell cycle phases. Protocols were developed in which an antibody against phosphorylated retinoblastoma protein (Rb) at serines 807 and 811 was used to separate cells in G0 and G1 phases of the cell cycle. This mass cytometry method yielded cell cycle distributions of both normal and cancer cell populations that were equivalent to those obtained by traditional fluorescence cytometry techniques. We applied this to map the cell cycle phases of cells spanning the hematopoietic hierarchy in healthy human bone marrow as a prelude to later studies with cancers and other disorders of this lineage.
View details for DOI 10.1002/cyto.a.22075
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From single cells to deep phenotypes in cancer
2012; 30 (7): 639-647
In recent years, major advances in single-cell measurement systems have included the introduction of high-throughput versions of traditional flow cytometry that are now capable of measuring intracellular network activity, the emergence of isotope labels that can enable the tracking of a greater variety of cell markers and the development of super-resolution microscopy techniques that allow measurement of RNA expression in single living cells. These technologies will facilitate our capacity to catalog and bring order to the inherent diversity present in cancer cell populations. Alongside these developments, new computational approaches that mine deep data sets are facilitating the visualization of the shape of the data and enabling the extraction of meaningful outputs. These applications have the potential to reveal new insights into cancer biology at the intersections of stem cell function, tumor-initiating cells and multilineage tumor development. In the clinic, they may also prove important not only in the development of new diagnostic modalities but also in understanding how the emergence of tumor cell clones harboring different sets of mutations predispose patients to relapse or disease progression.
View details for DOI 10.1038/nbt.2283
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Cytometry by Time-of-Flight Shows Combinatorial Cytokine Expression and Virus-Specific Cell Niches within a Continuum of CD8(+) T Cell Phenotypes
2012; 36 (1): 142-152
Cytotoxic CD8(+) T lymphocytes directly kill infected or aberrant cells and secrete proinflammatory cytokines. By using metal-labeled probes and mass spectrometric analysis (cytometry by time-of-flight, or CyTOF) of human CD8(+) T cells, we analyzed the expression of many more proteins than previously possible with fluorescent labels, including surface markers, cytokines, and antigen specificity with modified peptide-MHC tetramers. With 3-dimensional principal component analysis (3D-PCA) to display phenotypic diversity, we observed a relatively uniform pattern of variation in all subjects tested, highlighting the interrelatedness of previously described subsets and the continuous nature of CD8(+) T cell differentiation. These data also showed much greater complexity in the CD8(+) T cell compartment than previously appreciated, including a nearly combinatorial pattern of cytokine expression, with distinct niches occupied by virus-specific cells. This large degree of functional diversity even between cells with the same specificity gives CD8(+) T cells a remarkable degree of flexibility in responding to pathogens.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.immuni.2012.01.002
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Single-Cell Mass Cytometry of Differential Immune and Drug Responses Across a Human Hematopoietic Continuum
2011; 332 (6030): 687-696
Flow cytometry is an essential tool for dissecting the functional complexity of hematopoiesis. We used single-cell "mass cytometry" to examine healthy human bone marrow, measuring 34 parameters simultaneously in single cells (binding of 31 antibodies, viability, DNA content, and relative cell size). The signaling behavior of cell subsets spanning a defined hematopoietic hierarchy was monitored with 18 simultaneous markers of functional signaling states perturbed by a set of ex vivo stimuli and inhibitors. The data set allowed for an algorithmically driven assembly of related cell types defined by surface antigen expression, providing a superimposable map of cell signaling responses in combination with drug inhibition. Visualized in this manner, the analysis revealed previously unappreciated instances of both precise signaling responses that were bounded within conventionally defined cell subsets and more continuous phosphorylation responses that crossed cell population boundaries in unexpected manners yet tracked closely with cellular phenotype. Collectively, such single-cell analyses provide system-wide views of immune signaling in healthy human hematopoiesis, against which drug action and disease can be compared for mechanistic studies and pharmacologic intervention.
View details for DOI 10.1126/science.1198704
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Alternate Mechanisms of Initial Pattern Recognition Drive Differential Immune Responses to Related Poxviruses
CELL HOST & MICROBE
2010; 8 (2): 174-185
Vaccinia immunization was pivotal to successful smallpox eradication. However, the early immune responses that distinguish poxvirus immunization from pathogenic infection remain unknown. To address this, we developed a strategy to map the activation of key signaling networks in vivo and applied this approach to define and compare the earliest signaling events elicited by immunizing (vaccinia) and lethal (ectromelia) poxvirus infections in mice. Vaccinia induced rapid TLR2-dependent responses, leading to IL-6 production, which then initiated STAT3 signaling in dendritic and T cells. In contrast, ectromelia did not induce TLR2 activation, and profound mouse strain-dependent responses were observed. In resistant C57BL/6 mice, the STAT1 and STAT3 pathways were rapidly activated, whereas in susceptible BALB/c mice, IL-6-dependent STAT3 activation did not occur. These data link early immune signaling events to infection outcome and suggest that activation of different pattern-recognition receptors early after infection may be important in determining vaccine efficacy.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.chom.2010.07.008
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Novel mutations in the inhibitory adaptor protein LNK drive JAK-STAT signaling in patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms
2010; 116 (6): 988-992
Dysregulated Janus kinase-signal transducer and activator of transcription (JAK-STAT) signaling due to activation of tyrosine kinases is a common feature of myeloid malignancies. Here we report the first human disease-related mutations in the adaptor protein LNK, a negative regulator of JAK-STAT signaling, in 2 patients with JAK2 V617F-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). One patient exhibited a 5 base-pair deletion and missense mutation leading to a premature stop codon and loss of the pleckstrin homology (PH) and Src homology 2 (SH2) domains. A second patient had a missense mutation (E208Q) in the PH domain. BaF3-MPL cells transduced with these LNK mutants displayed augmented and sustained thrombopoietin-dependent growth and signaling. Primary samples from MPN patients bearing LNK mutations exhibited aberrant JAK-STAT activation, and cytokine-responsive CD34(+) early progenitors were abnormally abundant in both patients. These findings indicate that JAK-STAT activation due to loss of LNK negative feedback regulation is a novel mechanism of MPN pathogenesis.
View details for DOI 10.1182/blood-2010-02-270108
View details for Web of Science ID 000280881700021
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B-cell signaling networks reveal a negative prognostic human lymphoma cell subset that emerges during tumor progression
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
2010; 107 (29): 12747-12754
Human tumors contain populations of both cancerous and host immune cells whose malignant signaling interactions may define each patient's disease trajectory. We used multiplexed phospho-flow cytometry to profile single cells within human follicular lymphoma tumors and discovered a subpopulation of lymphoma cells with impaired B cell antigen receptor (BCR) signaling. The abundance of BCR-insensitive cells in each tumor negatively correlated with overall patient survival. These lymphoma negative prognostic (LNP) cells increased as tumors relapsed following chemotherapy. Loss of antigen receptor expression did not explain the absence of BCR signaling in LNP tumor cells, and other signaling responses were intact in these cells. Furthermore, BCR signaling responses could be reactivated in LNP cells, indicating that BCR signaling is not missing but rather specifically suppressed. LNP cells were also associated with changes to signaling interactions in the tumor microenvironment. Lower IL-7 signaling in tumor infiltrating T cells was observed in tumors with high LNP cell counts. The strength of signaling through T cell mediator of B cell function CD40 also stratified patient survival, particularly for those whose tumors contained few LNP cells. Thus, analysis of cell-cell interactions in heterogeneous primary tumors using signaling network profiles can identify and mechanistically define new populations of rare and clinically significant cells. Both the existence of these LNP cells and their aberrant signaling profiles provide targets for new therapies for follicular lymphoma.
View details for DOI 10.1073/pnas.1002057107
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Single-cell profiling identifies aberrant STAT5 activation in myeloid malignancies with specific clinical and biologic correlates
2008; 14 (4): 335-343
Progress in understanding the molecular pathogenesis of human myeloproliferative disorders (MPDs) has led to guidelines incorporating genetic assays with histopathology during diagnosis. Advances in flow cytometry have made it possible to simultaneously measure cell type and signaling abnormalities arising as a consequence of genetic pathologies. Using flow cytometry, we observed a specific evoked STAT5 signaling signature in a subset of samples from patients suspected of having juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML), an aggressive MPD with a challenging clinical presentation during active disease. This signature was a specific feature involving JAK-STAT signaling, suggesting a critical role of this pathway in the biological mechanism of this disorder and indicating potential targets for future therapies.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ccr.2008.08.014
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High-content single-cell drug screening with phosphospecific flow cytometry
NATURE CHEMICAL BIOLOGY
2008; 4 (2): 132-142
Drug screening is often limited to cell-free assays involving purified enzymes, but it is arguably best applied against systems that represent disease states or complex physiological cellular networks. Here, we describe a high-content, cell-based drug discovery platform based on phosphospecific flow cytometry, or phosphoflow, that enabled screening for inhibitors against multiple endogenous kinase signaling pathways in heterogeneous primary cell populations at the single-cell level. From a library of small-molecule natural products, we identified pathway-selective inhibitors of Jak-Stat and MAP kinase signaling. Dose-response experiments in primary cells confirmed pathway selectivity, but importantly also revealed differential inhibition of cell types and new druggability trends across multiple compounds. Lead compound selectivity was confirmed in vivo in mice. Phosphoflow therefore provides a unique platform that can be applied throughout the drug discovery process, from early compound screening to in vivo testing and clinical monitoring of drug efficacy.
View details for DOI 10.1038/nchembio.2007.59
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- What's wrong with drug screening today NATURE CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 2007; 3 (4): 187-191
Innovation - Mapping normal and cancer cell signalling networks: towards single-cell proteomics
NATURE REVIEWS CANCER
2006; 6 (2): 146-155
Oncogenesis and tumour progression are supported by alterations in cell signalling. Using flow cytometry, it is now possible to track and analyse signalling events in individual cancer cells. Data from this type of analysis can be used to create a network map of signalling in each cell and to link specific signalling profiles with clinical outcomes. This form of 'single-cell proteomics' can identify pathways that are activated in therapy-resistant cells and can provide biomarkers for cancer diagnosis and for determining patient prognosis.
View details for DOI 10.1038/nrc1804
View details for Web of Science ID 000234844000013
Phospho-specific flow cytometry in drug discovery.
Drug discovery today. Technologies
2005; 2 (3): 295-302
Here we present phospho-specific flow cytometry as a new tool for drug discovery with applications throughout the drug development pipeline, from target identification to library screening, disease model assessment and clinical screening and diagnostics. The single cell, multiparameter nature of flow cytometry generates high-content datasets, and current improvements in the technology are rapidly increasing its high-throughput capacity, making it a valuable platform in modern drug discovery.:
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ddtec.2005.08.010
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Causal protein-signaling networks derived from multiparameter single-cell data
2005; 308 (5721): 523-529
Machine learning was applied for the automated derivation of causal influences in cellular signaling networks. This derivation relied on the simultaneous measurement of multiple phosphorylated protein and phospholipid components in thousands of individual primary human immune system cells. Perturbing these cells with molecular interventions drove the ordering of connections between pathway components, wherein Bayesian network computational methods automatically elucidated most of the traditionally reported signaling relationships and predicted novel interpathway network causalities, which we verified experimentally. Reconstruction of network models from physiologically relevant primary single cells might be applied to understanding native-state tissue signaling biology, complex drug actions, and dysfunctional signaling in diseased cells.
View details for DOI 10.1126/science.1105809
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Single cell profiling of potentiated phospho-protein networks in cancer cells
2004; 118 (2): 217-228
Altered growth factor responses in phospho-protein-driven signaling networks are crucial to cancer cell survival and pathology. Profiles of cancer cell signaling networks might therefore identify mechanisms by which such cells interpret environmental cues for continued growth. Using multiparameter flow cytometry, we monitored phospho-protein responses to environmental cues in acute myeloid leukemia at the single cell level. By exposing cancer cell signaling networks to potentiating inputs, rather than relying upon the basal levels of protein phosphorylation alone, we could discern unique cancer network profiles that correlated with genetics and disease outcome. Strikingly, individual cancers manifested multiple cell subsets with unique network profiles, reflecting cancer heterogeneity at the level of signaling response. The results revealed a dramatic remodeling of signaling networks in cancer cells. Thus, single cell measurements of phospho-protein responses reveal shifts in signaling potential of a phospho-protein network, allowing for categorizing of cell network phenotypes by multidimensional molecular profiles of signaling.
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Leukocyte functional antigen 1 lowers T cell activation thresholds and signaling through cytohesin-1 and Jun-activating binding protein 1
2003; 4 (11): 1083-1092
Leukocyte functional antigen 1 (LFA-1), with intercellular adhesion molecule ligands, mediates T cell adhesion, but the signaling pathways and functional effects imparted by LFA-1 are unclear. Here, intracellular phosphoprotein staining with 13-dimensional flow cytometry showed that LFA-1 activation induced phosphorylation of the beta(2) integrin chain and release of Jun-activating binding protein 1 (JAB-1), and mediated signaling of kinase Erk1/2 through cytohesin-1. Dominant negatives of both JAB-1 and cytohesin-1 inhibited interleukin 2 production and impaired T helper type 1 differentiation. LFA-1 stimulation lowered the threshold of T cell activation. Thus, LFA-1 signaling contributes to T cell activation and effects T cell differentiation.
View details for DOI 10.1038/ni984
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Intracellular phospho-protein staining techniques for flow cytometry: monitoring single cell signaling events.
Cytometry. Part A : the journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
2003; 55 (2): 61-70
Recent advances in intracellular staining techniques, cytometer technology, fluorescent reagents, and antibody production have expanded the number of intracellular antigens that can be analyzed by flow cytometry. Measurement of protein phosphorylation with phospho-specific antibodies has given insight into kinase signaling cascades. However, available techniques for phospho-epitope staining can differ greatly, making it necessary to understand the differences between the outcomes when such techniques are applied and to develop robust and reproducible methods of application.Ten different cellular fixation and permeabilization techniques were tested for their ability to provide phospho-specific staining. Combinations of formaldehyde, methanol, ethanol, acetone, Triton X-100, and saponin were used as fixation and permeabilization reagents. Phospho-specific antibodies were labeled with Alexa Fluor dyes to provide multicolor analysis of different signaling events simultaneously within individual cells.Fixing cells with 1.5% formaldehyde followed by permeabilization in methanol gave optimal results for pERK, pp38, pJNK, pStat1, pStat5, and pStat6 staining. Alteration of formaldehyde fixation and methanol permeabilization times affected measurements of phosphorylation induction. Phospho-specific flow cytometric analyses correlated well with Western blotting, providing cross platform validation of the technique.Measuring phosphorylation events by flow cytometry provides a rapid and efficient way to measure kinase cascades in individual cells. Stability of phospho-epitopes in methanol allows long-term storage of samples prior to analysis. Multiple signaling cascades can be monitored simultaneously through the use of different fluorophore labels to determine specificity of ligands or inhibitors. Application of optimized techniques to heterogeneous cell types such as peripheral blood or murine splenocytes may allow signaling to be analyzed simultaneously in immune cell subsets.
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Simultaneous measurement of multiple active kinase states using polychromatic flow cytometry
2002; 20 (2): 155-162
Intracellular assays of signaling systems have been limited by an inability to correlate functional subsets of cells in complex populations on the basis of active kinase states. Such correlations could be important in distinguishing changes in signaling status that arise in rare cell subsets during functional activation or in disease manifestation. Here we demonstrate the ability to simultaneously detect activated kinase members of the mitogen-activated protein kinases family (p38 MAPK, p44/42 MAPK, JNK/SAPK), members of cell survival pathways (AKT/PKB), and members of T-cell activation pathways (TYK2), among others, in subpopulations of complex cell populations by multiparameter flow-cytometric analysis. We demonstrate the utility of these probes in identifying distinct signaling cascades for (1) both artificial and physiological stimulatory conditions of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), (2) cytokine stimulation in human memory and naïve lymphocyte subsets as identified by five differentiation markers, and (3) ordering of kinase activation in potential signaling hierarchies. Polychromatic flow-cytometric active kinase measurements demonstrate that multidimensional analysis of signaling pathways can provide functional signaling pathway assessment on a single-cell level and allow for potential correlation with biological and clinical parameters.
View details for Web of Science ID 000173601000024
View details for PubMedID 11821861
Activation of the PKB/AKT pathway by ICAM-2
2002; 16 (1): 51-65
We identified intracellular adhesion molecule-2 (ICAM-2) in a genetic screen as an activator of the PI3K/AKT pathway leading to inhibition of apoptosis. ICAM-2 induced tyrosine phosphorylation of ezrin and PI3K kinase membrane translocation, resulting in phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5 production, PDK-1 and AKT activation, and subsequent phosphorylation of AKT targets BAD, GSK3, and FKHR. ICAM-2 clustering protected primary human CD19+ cells from TNFalpha- and Fas-mediated apoptosis as determined by single-cell analysis. ICAM-2 engagement by CD19+ cells of its natural receptor, LFA-1, on CD4+ naive cells specifically induced AKT activity in the absence of an MHC-peptide interaction. These results attribute a novel signaling function to ICAM-2 that might suggest mechanisms by which ICAM-2 signals intracellular communication at various immunological synapses.
View details for Web of Science ID 000173575700006
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Resistance is futile: Assimilation of cellular machinery by HIV-1
2001; 15 (5): 687-690
HIV-1 budding appears to require Vps4 and Tsg101-two proteins that have links to endosomal sorting machinery. A picture emerges wherein divergent viruses recruit endosomal proteins like Tsg101 to gain access to ubiquitin processes that play a crucial role during viral budding.
View details for Web of Science ID 000172528200002
View details for PubMedID 11728331
Dominant effector genetics in mammalian cells
2001; 27 (1): 23-29
We have expressed libraries of peptides in mammalian cells to select for trans-dominant effects on intracellular signaling systems. As an example-and to reveal pharmacologically relevant points in pathways that lead to Taxol resistance-we selected for peptide motifs that confer resistance to Taxol-induced cell death. Of several peptides selected, one, termed RGP8.5, was linked to upregulation of expression of the gene ABCB1 (also known as MDR1, for multiple drug resistance) in HeLa cells. Our data indicate that trans-dominant effector peptides can point to potential mechanisms by which signaling systems operate. Such tools may be useful in functional genomic analysis of signaling pathways in mammalian disease processes.
View details for Web of Science ID 000166187900011
View details for PubMedID 11137994
Host control of HIV-1 parasitism in T cells by the nuclear factor of activated T cells
1998; 95 (5): 595-604
Post HIV-1 entry, productive HIV-1 infection of primary T cells requires overcoming several cellular blocks to provirus establishment and replication. Activation of unknown host intracellular events overcomes such inhibitory steps and is concomitant with HIV-1 replication. We show that the transcription factor NFATc was sufficient as a cellular factor to induce a highly permissive state for HIV-1 replication in primary CD4+ T cells. NFATc overcame a blockade at reverse transcription and permitted active HIV-1 replication. Pharmacologic blockade of endogenous NFAT activity by FK506 or CsA inhibited synthesis of reverse transcription and also potently blocked HIV-1 replication. T cells therefore can become competent for HIV-1 replication by control of regulated host factors such as the NFATc transcription factor. The host mechanisms regulated by such permissivity factors are potential targets for anti-HIV-1 therapy.
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- Cardiac development - Transcription and the broken heart NATURE 1998; 392 (6672): 129-130
- Harnessing viral devices as pharmaceuticals: Fighting HIV-1's fire with fire CELL 1997; 90 (5): 821-824
The T cell activation factor NF-ATc positively regulates HIV-1 replication and gene expression in T cells
1997; 6 (3): 235-244
Clinical deterioration in human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection is associated with increased levels of viral replication and burden in the peripheral blood and lymphoid organs. T cell activation and ensuing cellular gene activation can be critical for HIV-1 replication. The hypothesis that the nuclear factor of activated T cells (NF-AT) may influence HIV-1 replication is therefore compelling given the tight correlation of HIV-1 transcriptional induction to T cell activation. We report that certain NF-AT(Rel) family members productively bind the kappaB regulatory elements, synergize with NF-kappaB and Tat in transcriptional activation of HIV-1, and enhance HIV-1 replication in T cells. These results link regulatory factors critical to T cell commitment directly to HIV-1 replication.
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- NF-AT-AP-1 AND REL-BZIP - HYBRID VIGOR AND BINDING UNDER THE INFLUENCE CELL 1994; 77 (6): 795-798
NF-AT COMPONENTS DEFINE A FAMILY OF TRANSCRIPTION FACTORS TARGETED IN T-CELL ACTIVATION
1994; 369 (6480): 497-502
The NF-AT transcription complex is required for the expression of a group of proteins that collectively coordinate the immune response. Here we purify two proteins encoded by separate genes that represent the pre-existing (p) and cytosolic (c) components of NF-AT. Expression of the full-length complementary DNA encoding NF-ATc activates the interleukin (IL-2) promoter in non-T lymphocytes, whereas a dominant negative of NF-ATc specifically blocks activation of the IL-2 promoter in T lymphocytes, indicating that NF-ATc is required for IL-2 gene expression. NF-ATc RNA expression is largely restricted to lymphoid tissues and is induced upon T-cell activation. The other protein, NF-ATp, is highly homologous to NF-ATc over a limited domain which shows similarity to the Dorsal/Rel family, but has a wider tissue distribution. Agents that increase intracellular Ca2+ or activate protein kinase C independently modify NF-ATc, indicating that distinct signalling pathways converge on NF-ATc to regulate its function.
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PRODUCTION OF HIGH-TITER HELPER-FREE RETROVIRUSES BY TRANSIENT TRANSFECTION
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
1993; 90 (18): 8392-8396
The generation of high-titer, helper-free retroviruses by transient transfection has been achieved by using the highly transfectable 293T cell line into which are stably introduced constructs that express retroviral packaging functions. The resulting ecotropic virus packaging cell line BOSC 23 produces infectious retrovirus at > 10(6) infectious units/ml of supernatant within 72 hr after CaPO4-mediated transfection. A stringent assay for replication-competent virus showed that no helper virus was present. The system can produce high titers of retroviral vectors expressing genes that are extremely difficult to propagate at high titer in stable producer lines. This method should facilitate and extend the use of helper-free retroviral gene transfer, as well as be useful for gene therapy.
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THE BCL-3 PROTOONCOGENE ENCODES A NUCLEAR I-KAPPA-B-LIKE MOLECULE THAT PREFERENTIALLY INTERACTS WITH NF-KAPPA-B P50 AND P52 IN A PHOSPHORYLATION-DEPENDENT MANNER
MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY
1993; 13 (6): 3557-3566
The product of the putative proto-oncogene bcl-3 is an I kappa B-like molecule with novel binding properties specific for a subset of the rel family of transcriptional regulators. In vitro, Bcl-3 protein specifically inhibited the DNA binding of both the homodimeric NF-kappa B p50 subunit and a closely related homolog, p52 (previously p49), to immunoglobulin kappa NF-kappa B DNA motifs. Bcl-3 could catalyze the removal of these proteins from DNA. At concentrations that significantly inhibited DNA binding by homodimeric p50, Bcl-3 did not inhibit binding of reconstituted heterodimeric NF-kappa B (p50:p65), a DNA-binding homodimeric form of p65, or homodimers of c-Rel. Phosphatase treatment of Bcl-3 partially inactivated its inhibitory properties, implicating a role for phosphorylation in the regulation of Bcl-3 activity. Bcl-3, like p50, localizes to the cell nucleus. In cells cotransduced with Bcl-3 and p50, both molecules could be found in the nucleus of the same cells. Interestingly, coexpression of Bcl-3 with a p50 mutant deleted for its nuclear-localizing signal resulted in the relocalization of Bcl-3 to the cytoplasm, showing that the proteins interact in the cell. These properties contrast Bcl-3 to classically defined I kappa B, which maintains heterodimeric NF-kappa B p50:p65 in the cytoplasm through specific interactions with the p65 subunit. Bcl-3 appears to be a nuclear, I kappa B-related molecule that regulates the activity of homodimeric nuclear p50 and its homolog p52.
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The inhibitory ankyrin and activator Rel proteins.
Current opinion in genetics & development
1992; 2 (2): 211-220
The gene families encoding the proteins NF-kappa B, c-Rel and Dorsal, in conjunction with their respective inhibitors l kappa B, pp40, and Cactus, achieve specificity in gene regulation by means of common principles. The related activities of NF-kappa B and Dorsal are mediated by heterodimeric or homodimeric complexes of proteins containing the conserved dimerization and DNA-binding domain termed Rel. The l kappa Bs and Cactus, which share a core series of structural repeats termed ankyrin, inhibit cognate activators through differential interactions with the Rel-homology domain. Together, the inhibitory ankyrin proteins and their cognate Rel dimers probably define specific signalling pathways able to activate specific gene expression. Both gene families include proto-oncogenes, thus broadly implicating Rel/l kappa B in the control of both normal gene expression and the aberrant gene expression that makes cells cancerous.
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DNA-BINDING AND I-KAPPA-B INHIBITION OF THE CLONED P65 SUBUNIT OF NF-KAPPA-B, A REL-RELATED POLYPEPTIDE
1991; 64 (5): 961-969
The sequence and biochemical properties of the product of the cloned cDNA for the p65 subunit of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kappa B) have been determined. The cDNA has an open reading frame of 549 amino acids capable of encoding a 60 kd protein. NF-kappa B p65 contains an amino-terminal region of 320 amino acids with extensive similarity to the oncogene c-rel and lesser similarity to NF-kappa B p50. In vitro translated p65 forms a DNA-binding complex with NF-kappa B p50, and the binding of this complex can be specifically inhibited by purified I kappa B. Progressive carboxy-terminal deletions of p65 show that, contrary to previous assumptions, p65 does include a DNA-binding domain that in vivo might become activated only through hetero-oligomerization with p50. DNA binding by truncated p65 is inhibited by I kappa B, thus mapping the I kappa B interaction domain to the rel-homologous region and suggesting that I kappa B exerts its inhibitory effect upon NF-kappa B primarily through interaction with p65.
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WHOLE ANIMAL-CELL SORTING OF DROSOPHILA EMBRYOS
1991; 251 (4989): 81-85
Use of primary culture cells has been limited by the inability to purify most types of cells, particularly cells from early developmental stages. In whole animal cell sorting (WACS), live cells derived from animals harboring a lacZ transgene are purified according to their level of beta-galactosidase expression with a fluorogenic beta-galactosidase substrate and fluorescence-activated cell sorting. With WACS, incipient posterior compartment cells that express the engrailed gene were purified from early Drosophila embryos. Neuronal precursor cells were also purified, and they differentiated into neurons with high efficiency in culture. Because there are many lacZ strains, it may be possible to purify most types of Drosophila cells. The same approach is also applicable to other organisms for which germ-line transformation is possible.
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CLONING OF THE P50 DNA-BINDING SUBUNIT OF NF-KAPPA-B - HOMOLOGY TO REL AND DORSAL
1990; 62 (5): 1019-1029
The DNA binding subunit of the transcription factor NF-kappa B, p50, has been cloned. p50 appears to be synthesized as a larger protein that is then processed to its functional size. Sequence analysis reveals remarkable homology for over 300 amino acids at the amino-terminal end to the oncogene v-rel, its cellular homolog c-rel, and the Drosophila maternal effect gene dorsal. This establishes NF-kappa B as a member of the rel family of proteins, all of which display nuclear-cytosolic translocation. Protein sequence from the p65 polypeptide has established that it is not encoded in the same mRNA as p50. However, p65 appears homologous to c-rel, suggesting that c-rel may form heterodimers with p50 and rel may include a homodimerization motif.
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FLUORESCENCE-ACTIVATED CELL ANALYSIS AND SORTING OF VIABLE MAMMALIAN-CELLS BASED ON BETA-D-GALACTOSIDASE ACTIVITY AFTER TRANSDUCTION OF ESCHERICHIA-COLI LACZ
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
1988; 85 (8): 2603-2607
We demonstrate that individual cells infected with and expressing a recombinant retrovirus carrying the Escherichia coli beta-galactosidase gene (lacZ) can be viably stained, analyzed, sorted, and cloned by fluorescence-activated cell sorting based on the levels of lacZ expressed. To accomplish this we have devised a method to enzymatically generate and maintain fluorescence in live mammalian cells. Accumulation of fluorescent products in cells is linear with time, with a direct correlation of fluorescence to enzymatic activity. This technology for beta-galactosidase detection is more sensitive than other available cytochemical or biochemical methods. We have used this procedure to show that the expression of psi-2-MMuLVSVnlsLacZ in the T-cell lymphoma BW5147 and the B-cell hybridoma SP2/0 is not completely stable and that subclones selected by the fluorescence-activated cell sorter for low lacZ activity demonstrate distinctly lower average expression of LacZ. These findings indicate the utility of beta-galactosidase as a reporter molecule at the single-cell level for studies of gene regulation, including studies of promoter efficacy, enhancer activity, trans-acting factors, and other regulatory elements.
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FORMAL PROOF THAT DIFFERENT-SIZE LYT-2 POLYPEPTIDES ARISE FROM DIFFERENTIAL SPLICING AND POSTTRANSCRIPTIONAL REGULATION
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
1986; 83 (10): 3422-3426
We recently isolated the gene and a cDNA clone for the mouse T-cell surface antigen Lyt-2 and showed that Lyt-2 is homologous to the human Leu-2 (T8) antigen and that the gene encoding it is a member of the immunoglobulin gene superfamily. By screening a mouse thymus cDNA library with the Lyt-2 cDNA clone, we isolated two classes of cDNA clones, alpha and alpha', which differ by 31 base pairs. Comparison of the alpha cDNA with genomic sequence data indicates that there are five exons encoding Lyt-2: a fused leader/immunoglobulin variable region-like exon, a spacer region exon, a transmembrane exon, and two cytoplasmic exons. The alpha' cDNA clones lack the first of the two cytoplasmic exons and have a direct splice from the donor splice site of the transmembrane exon to the acceptor of the second cytoplasmic exon. This splice changes the reading frame for the second cytoplasmic exon, causing a stop codon shortly after the splice so that the alpha' cDNA clone codes for a peptide 25 residues shorter than the alpha cDNA-encoded peptide. We have constructed expression vectors with alpha and alpha' cDNAs and have shown that L-cell transfectants of these produce Lyt-2 polypeptides of the predicted sizes and that these associate as homodimers on the cell membranes. We found the two species of mRNA corresponding to alpha and alpha' cDNAs at equal levels in thymus RNA by using S1 nuclease analysis. Although lymph node T cells have only the alpha form of Lyt-2 protein, S1 nuclease analysis shows that lymph nodes have about 20% alpha' mRNA relative to alpha. Thus, Lyt-2 is regulated at RNA processing, translational, and/or post-translational steps.
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MOLECULAR-CLONING OF LYT-2, A MEMBRANE GLYCOPROTEIN MARKING A SUBSET OF MOUSE LYMPHOCYTES-T - MOLECULAR HOMOLOGY TO ITS HUMAN COUNTERPART, LEU-2/T8, AND TO IMMUNOGLOBULIN VARIABLE REGIONS
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
1985; 82 (15): 5126-5130
The sequence of Lyt-2 cDNA shows that it is a new member of the immunoglobulin super gene family. Analysis of the predicted amino acid sequence indicates that the Lyt-2 polypeptide is synthesized with a 27-amino acid leader, and that the mature protein has an immunoglobulin variable region (Ig V)-related sequence of approximately 100 amino acids, an extracellular spacer of 43, a transmembrane region of 38, and an intracytoplasmic region of 27 amino acids. Lyt-2 and its human analogue Leu-2 are 56% homologous; analysis indicates that the Ig V-related domains of the two molecules have evolved away from each other faster than the carboxyl-terminal half of the proteins.
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The Systemic Immune State of Super-shedder Mice Is Characterized by a Unique Neutrophil-dependent Blunting of TH1 Responses.
2013; 9 (6)
Host-to-host transmission of a pathogen ensures its successful propagation and maintenance within a host population. A striking feature of disease transmission is the heterogeneity in host infectiousness. It has been proposed that within a host population, 20% of the infected hosts, termed super-shedders, are responsible for 80% of disease transmission. However, very little is known about the immune state of these super-shedders. In this study, we used the model organism Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, an important cause of disease in humans and animal hosts, to study the immune state of super-shedders. Compared to moderate shedders, super-shedder mice had an active inflammatory response in both the gastrointestinal tract and the spleen but a dampened TH1 response specific to the secondary lymphoid organs. Spleens from super-shedder mice had higher numbers of neutrophils, and a dampened T cell response, characterized by higher levels of regulatory T cells (Tregs), fewer T-bet(+) (TH1) T cells as well as blunted cytokine responsiveness. Administration of the cytokine granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) and subsequent neutrophilia was sufficient to induce the super-shedder immune phenotype in moderate-shedder mice. Similar to super-shedders, these G-CSF-treated moderate-shedders had a dampened TH1 response with fewer T-bet(+) T cells and a loss of cytokine responsiveness. Additionally, G-CSF treatment inhibited IL-2-mediated TH1 expansion. Finally, depletion of neutrophils led to an increase in the number of T-bet(+) TH1 cells and restored their ability to respond to IL-2. Taken together, we demonstrate a novel role for neutrophils in blunting IL-2-mediated proliferation of the TH1 immune response in the spleens of mice that are colonized by high levels of S. Typhimurium in the gastrointestinal tract.
View details for DOI 10.1371/journal.ppat.1003408
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Normalization of mass cytometry data with bead standards.
Cytometry. Part A : the journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
2013; 83 (5): 483-494
Mass cytometry uses atomic mass spectrometry combined with isotopically pure reporter elements to currently measure as many as 40 parameters per single cell. As with any quantitative technology, there is a fundamental need for quality assurance and normalization protocols. In the case of mass cytometry, the signal variation over time due to changes in instrument performance combined with intervals between scheduled maintenance must be accounted for and then normalized. Here, samples were mixed with polystyrene beads embedded with metal lanthanides, allowing monitoring of mass cytometry instrument performance over multiple days of data acquisition. The protocol described here includes simultaneous measurements of beads and cells on the mass cytometer, subsequent extraction of the bead-based signature, and the application of an algorithm enabling correction of both short- and long-term signal fluctuations. The variation in the intensity of the beads that remains after normalization may also be used to determine data quality. Application of the algorithm to a one-month longitudinal analysis of a human peripheral blood sample reduced the range of median signal fluctuation from 4.9-fold to 1.3-fold.
View details for DOI 10.1002/cyto.a.22271
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- Normalization of mass cytometry data with bead standards CYTOMETRY PART A 2013; 83A (5): 483-?
- Inner-outer beauty: DNA-binding surface tags as cellular barcodes. Nature methods 2013; 10 (5): 399-401
CytoSPADE: high-performance analysis and visualization of high-dimensional cytometry data
2012; 28 (18): 2400-2401
MOTIVATION: Recent advances in flow cytometry enable simultaneous single-cell measurement of 30+ surface and intracellular proteins. CytoSPADE is a high-performance implementation of an interface for the Spanning-tree Progression Analysis of Density-normalized Events algorithm for tree-based analysis and visualization of this high-dimensional cytometry data. AVAILABILITY: Source code and binaries are freely available at http://cytospade.org and via Bioconductor version 2.10 onwards for Linux, OSX and Windows. CytoSPADE is implemented in R, C++ and Java. CONTACT: email@example.com SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Additional documentation available at http://cytospade.org.
View details for DOI 10.1093/bioinformatics/bts425
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COP9 Signalosome Component JAB1/CSN5 Is Necessary for T Cell Signaling through LFA-1 and HIV-1 Replication
2012; 7 (7)
To determine critical host factors involved in HIV-1 replication, a dominant effector genetics approach was developed to reveal signaling pathways on which HIV-1 depends for replication. A large library of short peptide aptamers was expressed via retroviral delivery in T cells. Peptides that interfered with T cell activation-dependent processes that might support HIV-1 replication were identified. One of the selected peptides altered signaling, lead to a difference in T cell activation status, and inhibited HIV-1 replication. The target of the peptide was JAB1/CSN5, a component of the signalosome complex. JAB1 expression overcame the inhibition of HIV-1 replication in the presence of peptide and also promoted HIV-1 replication in activated primary CD4(+) T cells. This peptide blocked physiological release of JAB1 from the accessory T cell surface protein LFA-1, downstream AP-1 dependent events, NFAT activation, and HIV-1 replication. Thus, genetic selection for intracellular aptamer inhibitors of host cell processes proximal to signals at the immunological synapse of T cells can define unique mechanisms important to HIV-1 replication.
View details for DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0041725
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- Raman labeled nanoparticles: characterization of variability and improved method for unmixing JOURNAL OF RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY 2012; 43 (7): 895-905
A deep profiler's guide to cytometry
TRENDS IN IMMUNOLOGY
2012; 33 (7): 323-332
In recent years, advances in technology have provided us with tools to quantify the expression of multiple genes in individual cells. The ability to measure simultaneously multiple genes in the same cell is necessary to resolve the great diversity of cell subsets, as well as to define their function in the host. Fluorescence-based flow cytometry is the benchmark for this; with it, we can quantify 18 proteins per cell, at >10 000 cells/s. Mass cytometry is a new technology that promises to extend these capabilities significantly. Immunophenotyping by mass spectrometry provides the ability to measure >36 proteins at a rate of 1000 cells/s. We review these cytometric technologies, capable of high-content, high-throughput single-cell assays.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.it.2012.02.010
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A platinum-based covalent viability reagent for single-cell mass cytometry.
Cytometry. Part A : the journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
2012; 81 (6): 467-475
In fluorescence-based flow cytometry, cellular viability is determined with membrane-impermeable fluorescent reagents that specifically enter and label plasma membrane-compromised nonviable cells. A recent technological advance in flow cytometry uses antibodies conjugated to elemental metal isotopes, rather than to fluorophores, to allow signal detection by atomic mass spectrometry. Unhampered by the limitations of overlapping emission fluorescence, mass cytometry increases the number of parameters that can be measured in single cells. However, mass cytometry is unable to take advantage of current fluorescent viability dyes. An alternative methodology was therefore developed here in which the platinum-containing chemotherapy drug cisplatin was used to resolve live and dead cells by mass cytometry. In a 1-min incubation step, cisplatin preferentially labeled nonviable cells from both adherent and suspension cultures, resulting in a platinum signal quantifiable by mass cytometry. This protocol was compatible with established sample processing steps for intracellular cytometry. Furthermore, the live/dead ratios were comparable between mass- and fluorescence-based cytometry. Importantly, although cisplatin is a known DNA-damaging agent, a 1-min "pulse" of cisplatin did not induce observable DNA damage or apoptotic responses even within 6-h post-exposure. Cisplatin can therefore be used as a viability reagent for a wide range of mass cytometry protocols.
View details for DOI 10.1002/cyto.a.22067
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Decoupling of Tumor-Initiating Activity from Stable Immunophenotype in HoxA9-Meis1-Driven AML
CELL STEM CELL
2012; 10 (2): 210-217
Increasing evidence suggests tumors are maintained by cancer stem cells; however, their nature remains controversial. In a HoxA9-Meis1 (H9M) model of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), we found that tumor-initiating activity existed in three, immunophenotypically distinct compartments, corresponding to disparate lineages on the normal hematopoietic hierarchy--stem/progenitor cells (Lin(-)kit(+)) and committed progenitors of the myeloid (Gr1(+)kit(+)) and lymphoid lineages (Lym(+)kit(+)). These distinct tumor-initiating cells (TICs) clonally recapitulated the immunophenotypic spectrum of the original tumor in vivo (including cells with a less-differentiated immunophenotype) and shared signaling networks, such that in vivo pharmacologic targeting of conserved TIC survival pathways (DNA methyltransferase and MEK phosphorylation) significantly increased survival. Collectively, H9M AML is organized as an atypical hierarchy that defies the strict lineage marker boundaries and unidirectional differentiation of normal hematopoiesis. Moreover, this suggests that in certain malignancies tumor-initiation activity (or "cancer stemness") can represent a cellular state that exists independently of distinct immunophenotypic definition.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.stem.2012.01.004
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Single-cell phospho-protein analysis by flow cytometry.
Current protocols in immunology / edited by John E. Coligan ... [et al.]
2012; Chapter 8: Unit 8 17 1-20
This protocol describes methods for monitoring intracellular phosphorylation-dependent signaling events on a single-cell basis. This approach measures cell signaling by treating cells with exogenous stimuli, fixing cells with formaldehyde, permeabilizing with methanol, and then staining with phospho-specific antibodies. Thus, cell signaling states can be determined as a measure of how cells interact with their environment. This method has applications in clinical research as well as mechanistic studies of basic biology. In clinical research, diagnostic or drug efficacy information can be retrieved by discovering how a disease affects the ability of cells to respond to growth factors. Basic scientists can use this technique to analyze signaling events in cell lines and human or murine primary cells, including rare populations, like B1 cells or stem cells. This technique has broad applications bringing standard biochemical analysis into primary cells in order to garner valuable information about signaling events in physiologic settings.
View details for DOI 10.1002/0471142735.im0817s96
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- A novel splice donor mutation in the thrombopoietin gene leads to exon 2 skipping in a Filipino family with hereditary thrombocythemia. Blood 2011; 118 (26): 6988-6990
Flow cytometry in the post fluorescence era
BEST PRACTICE & RESEARCH CLINICAL HAEMATOLOGY
2011; 24 (4): 505-508
While flow cytometry once enabled researchers to examine 10--15 cell surface parameters, new mass flow cytometry technology enables interrogation of up to 45 parameters on a single cell. This new technology has increased understanding of cell expression and how cells differentiate during hematopoiesis. Using this information, knowledge of leukemia cell biology has also increased. Other new technologies, such as SPADE analysis and single cell network profiling (SCNP), are enabling researchers to put different cancers into more biologically similar categories and have the potential to enable more personalized medicine.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.beha.2011.09.005
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Novel Hematopoietic Progenitor Populations Revealed by Direct Assessment of GATA1 Protein Expression and cMPL Signaling Events
2011; 29 (11): 1774-1782
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) must exhibit tight regulation of both self-renewal and differentiation to maintain homeostasis of the hematopoietic system as well as to avoid aberrations in growth that may result in leukemias or other disorders. In this study, we sought to understand the molecular basis of lineage determination, with particular focus on factors that influence megakaryocyte/erythrocyte-lineage commitment, in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells. We used intracellular flow cytometry to identify two novel hematopoietic progenitor populations within the mouse bone-marrow cKit(+) Lineage (-) Sca1(+) (KLS) Flk2 (+) compartment that differ in their protein-level expression of GATA1, a critical megakaryocyte/erythrocyte-promoting transcription factor. GATA1-high repopulating cells exhibited the cell surface phenotype KLS Flk2(+ to int), CD150(int), CD105(+), cMPL(+), and were termed "FSE cells." GATA1-low progenitors were identified as KLS Flk2(+), CD150(-), and cMPL(-), and were termed "Flk(+) CD150(-) cells." FSE cells had increased megakaryocyte/platelet potential in culture and transplant settings and exhibited a higher clonal frequency of colony-forming unit-spleen activity compared with Flk(+) CD150(-) cells, suggesting functional consequences of GATA1 upregulation in promoting megakaryocyte and erythroid lineage priming. Activation of ERK and AKT signal-transduction cascades was observed by intracellular flow cytometry in long-term HSCs and FSE cells, but not in Flk(+) CD150(-) cells in response to stimulation with thrombopoietin, an important megakaryocyte-promoting cytokine. We provide a mechanistic rationale for megakaryocyte/erythroid bias within KLS Flk2(+) cells, and demonstrate how assessment of intracellular factors and signaling events can be used to refine our understanding of lineage commitment during early definitive hematopoiesis.
View details for DOI 10.1002/stem.719
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Extracting a cellular hierarchy from high-dimensional cytometry data with SPADE
2011; 29 (10): 886-U181
The ability to analyze multiple single-cell parameters is critical for understanding cellular heterogeneity. Despite recent advances in measurement technology, methods for analyzing high-dimensional single-cell data are often subjective, labor intensive and require prior knowledge of the biological system. To objectively uncover cellular heterogeneity from single-cell measurements, we present a versatile computational approach, spanning-tree progression analysis of density-normalized events (SPADE). We applied SPADE to flow cytometry data of mouse bone marrow and to mass cytometry data of human bone marrow. In both cases, SPADE organized cells in a hierarchy of related phenotypes that partially recapitulated well-described patterns of hematopoiesis. We demonstrate that SPADE is robust to measurement noise and to the choice of cellular markers. SPADE facilitates the analysis of cellular heterogeneity, the identification of cell types and comparison of functional markers in response to perturbations.
View details for DOI 10.1038/nbt.1991
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Structural Linkage between Ligand Discrimination and Receptor Activation by Type I Interferons
2011; 146 (4): 621-632
Type I Interferons (IFNs) are important cytokines for innate immunity against viruses and cancer. Sixteen human type I IFN variants signal through the same cell-surface receptors, IFNAR1 and IFNAR2, yet they can evoke markedly different physiological effects. The crystal structures of two human type I IFN ternary signaling complexes containing IFN?2 and IFN? reveal recognition modes and heterotrimeric architectures that are unique among the cytokine receptor superfamily but conserved between different type I IFNs. Receptor-ligand cross-reactivity is enabled by conserved receptor-ligand "anchor points" interspersed among ligand-specific interactions that "tune" the relative IFN-binding affinities, in an apparent extracellular "ligand proofreading" mechanism that modulates biological activity. Functional differences between IFNs are linked to their respective receptor recognition chemistries, in concert with a ligand-induced conformational change in IFNAR1, that collectively control signal initiation and complex stability, ultimately regulating differential STAT phosphorylation profiles, receptor internalization rates, and downstream gene expression patterns.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.cell.2011.06.048
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Single-cell phospho-specific flow cytometric analysis demonstrates biochemical and functional heterogeneity in human hematopoietic stem and progenitor compartments
2011; 117 (16): 4226-4233
The low frequency of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) in human BM has precluded analysis of the direct biochemical effects elicited by cytokines in these populations, and their functional consequences. Here, single-cell phospho-specific flow cytometry was used to define the signaling networks active in 5 previously defined human HSPC subsets. This analysis revealed that the currently defined HSC compartment is composed of biochemically distinct subsets with the ability to respond rapidly and directly in vitro to a broader array of cytokines than previously appreciated, including G-CSF. The G-CSF response was physiologically relevant-driving cell-cycle entry and increased proliferation in a subset of single cells within the HSC compartment. The heterogeneity in the single-cell signaling and proliferation responses prompted subfractionation of the adult BM HSC compartment by expression of CD114 (G-CSF receptor). Xenotransplantation assays revealed that HSC activity is significantly enriched in the CD114(neg/lo) compartment, and almost completely absent in the CD114(pos) subfraction. The single-cell analyses used here can be adapted for further refinement of HSPC surface immunophenotypes, and for examining the direct regulatory effects of other factors on the homeostasis of stem and progenitor populations in normal or diseased states.
View details for DOI 10.1182/blood-2010-07-298232
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Fluorescent cell barcoding for multiplex flow cytometry.
Current protocols in cytometry / editorial board, J. Paul Robinson, managing editor ... [et al.]
2011; Chapter 6: Unit 6 31-?
Fluorescent cell barcoding (FCB) enables high throughput, high content flow cytometry by multiplexing samples prior to staining and acquisition on the cytometer. Individual cell samples are barcoded, or labeled, with unique signatures of fluorescent dyes so that they can be mixed together, stained, and analyzed as a single sample. By mixing samples prior to staining, antibody consumption is typically reduced 10- to 100-fold. In addition, data robustness is increased through the combination of control and treated samples, which minimizes pipetting error, staining variation, and the need for normalization. Finally, speed of acquisition is enhanced, enabling large profiling experiments to be run with standard cytometer hardware. In this unit, we outline the steps necessary to apply the FCB method to cell lines, as well as primary peripheral blood samples. Important technical considerations, such as choice of barcoding dyes, concentrations, labeling buffers, compensation, and software analysis, are discussed.
View details for DOI 10.1002/0471142956.cy0631s55
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Phospho flow cytometry methods for the analysis of kinase signaling in cell lines and primary human blood samples.
Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
2011; 699: 179-202
Phospho-specific flow cytometry, or phospho flow, measures the phosphorylation state of intracellular proteins at the single cell level. Many phosphorylation events can be analyzed simultaneously in each cell, along with cell surface markers, enabling complex biochemical signaling networks to be resolved in heterogeneous cell populations. The method has been applied to many diverse areas of biology, including the characterization of signaling pathways in normal immune responses to antigenic stimulation and microbial challenge, alteration of signaling networks that occur in cancer and autoimmune diseases, and high-throughput, high-content drug discovery. In this chapter, we provide detailed experimental protocols for performing phospho flow in cell lines, Ficoll-purified peripheral blood mononuclear cells, and whole blood. These protocols are applicable to both human and murine samples. We also provide methods for the validation of surface marker antibodies for use in phospho flow. Finally, we discuss data analysis methods, in particular, how to quantify changes in phosphorylation and how to visualize the large data sets that can result from experiments in primary cells.
View details for DOI 10.1007/978-1-61737-950-5_9
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Tyramide signal amplification for analysis of kinase activity by intracellular flow cytometry.
Cytometry. Part A : the journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
2010; 77 (11): 1020-1031
Intracellular flow cytometry permits quantitation of diverse molecular targets at the single-cell level. However, limitations in detection sensitivity inherently restrict the method, sometimes resulting in the inability to measure proteins of very low abundance or to differentiate cells expressing subtly different protein concentrations. To improve these measurements, an enzymatic amplification approach called tyramide signal amplification (TSA) was optimized for assessment of intracellular kinase cascades. First, Pacific Blue, Pacific Orange, and Alexa Fluor 488 tyramide reporters were shown to exhibit low nonspecific binding in permeabilized cells. Next, the effects of antibody concentration, tyramide concentration, and reaction time on assay resolution were characterized. Use of optimized TSA resulted in a 10-fold or greater improvement in measurement resolution of endogenous Erk and Stat cell signaling pathways relative to standard, nonamplified detection. TSA also enhanced assay sensitivity and, in conjunction with fluorescent cell barcoding, improved assay performance according to a metric used to evaluate high-throughput drug screens. TSA was used to profile Stat1 phosphorylation in primary immune system cells, which revealed heterogeneity in various populations, including CD4+ FoxP3+ regulatory T cells. We anticipate the approach will be broadly applicable to intracellular flow cytometry assays with low signal-to-noise ratios.
View details for DOI 10.1002/cyto.a.20970
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New technologies for autoimmune disease monitoring
CURRENT OPINION IN ENDOCRINOLOGY DIABETES AND OBESITY
2010; 17 (4): 322-328
This article will review new technologies used to characterize the immune phenotype of cells and serum for potential use in studies of autoimmunity.One area of recent development in studies of immune phenotyping is the contrast between cells of the immune system at rest and following activation. This simply involves comparing these cells at rest and following ligand-induced activation and measuring signaling system activation (phosphoepitope identification) or intracellular cytokine production or activation-induced gene expression. Preliminary data using these techniques have begun to identify signatures of disease (biomarkers) that are only seen when using these activation-induced assays. One of the most exciting new technologies, cytometry by time-of-flight mass spectrometry, couples a flow cytometer to a mass spectrometer, allowing many more parameters to be analyzed per cell, and without spillover between assay reagents, compared to conventional optical flow cytometry (heavy ions, mass, replaces fluorophore readout). Another new technology to analyze soluble proteins, bead-based immunoassays, can simultaneously measure up to 75 soluble analytes in a multiplexed array. Other technologies provide similar innovations in terms of analytical content, throughput, and miniaturization.We believe that new cellular genomic and protein-based technologies can provide key insights into autoimmune disease pathogenesis, progression, and therapy, and that these assays need to be applied in a systematic way to samples from patients with autoimmune diseases.
View details for DOI 10.1097/MED.0b013e32833ada91
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Stage Dependent Aberrant Regulation of Cytokine-STAT Signaling in Murine Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
2009; 4 (8)
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex autoimmune disease of unknown etiology that involves multiple interacting cell types driven by numerous cytokines and autoimmune epitopes. Although the initiating events leading to SLE pathology are not understood, there is a growing realization that dysregulated cytokine action on immune cells plays an important role in promoting the inflammatory autoimmune state. We applied phospho-specific flow cytometry to characterize the extent to which regulation of cytokine signal transduction through the STAT family of transcription factors is disturbed during the progression of SLE. Using a panel of 10 cytokines thought to have causal roles in the disease, we measured signaling responses at the single-cell level in five immune cell types from the MRLlpr murine model. This generated a highly multiplexed view of how cytokine stimuli are processed by intracellular signaling networks in adaptive and innate immune cells during different stages of SLE pathogenesis. We report that robust changes in cytokine signal transduction occur during the progression of SLE in multiple immune cell subtypes including increased T cell responsiveness to IL-10 and ablation of Stat1 responses to IFNalpha, IFNgamma, IL-6, and IL-21, Stat3 responses to IL-6, Stat5 responses to IL-15, and Stat6 responses to IL-4. We found increased intracellular expression of Suppressor of Cytokine Signaling 1 protein correlated with negative regulation of Stat1 responses to inflammatory cytokines. The results provide evidence of negative feedback regulation opposing inflammatory cytokines that have self-sustaining activities and suggest a cytokine-driven oscillator circuit may drive the periodic disease activity observed in many SLE patients.
View details for DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0006756
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The Initial Phase of an Immune Response Functions to Activate Regulatory T Cells
JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY
2009; 183 (1): 332-339
An early reaction of CD4(+) T lymphocytes to Ag is the production of cytokines, notably IL-2. To detect cytokine-dependent responses, naive Ag-specific T cells were stimulated in vivo and the presence of phosphorylated STAT5 molecules was used to identify the cell populations responding to IL-2. Within hours of T cell priming, IL-2-dependent STAT5 phosphorylation occurred primarily in Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells. In contrast, the Ag-specific T cells received STAT5 signals only after repeated Ag exposure or memory differentiation. Regulatory T cells receiving IL-2 signals proliferated and developed enhanced suppressive activity. These results indicate that one of the earliest events in a T cell response is the activation of endogenous regulatory cells, potentially to prevent autoimmunity.
View details for DOI 10.4049/jimmunol.0900691
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The T Cell STAT Signaling Network Is Reprogrammed within Hours of Bacteremia via Secondary Signals
JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY
2009; 182 (12): 7558-7568
The delicate balance between protective immunity and inflammatory disease is challenged during sepsis, a pathologic state characterized by aspects of both a hyperactive immune response and immunosuppression. The events driven by systemic infection by bacterial pathogens on the T cell signaling network that likely control these responses have not been illustrated in great detail. We characterized how intracellular signaling within the immune compartment is reprogrammed at the single cell level when the host is challenged with a high level of pathogen. To accomplish this, we applied flow cytometry to measure the phosphorylation potential of key signal transduction proteins during acute bacterial challenge. We modeled the onset of sepsis by i.v. administration of avirulent strains of Listeria monocytogenes and Escherichia coli to mice. Within 6 h of bacterial challenge, T cells were globally restricted in their ability to respond to specific cytokine stimulations as determined by assessing the extent of STAT protein phosphorylation. Mechanisms by which this negative feedback response occurred included SOCS1 and SOCS3 gene up-regulation and IL-6-induced endocystosis of the IL-6 receptor. Additionally, macrophages were partially tolerized in their ability to respond to TLR agonists. Thus, in contrast to the view that there is a wholesale immune activation during sepsis, one immediate host response to blood-borne bacteria was induction of a refractory period during which leukocyte activation by specific stimulations was attenuated.
View details for DOI 10.4049/jimmunol.0803666
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A Novel Method for Detection of Phosphorylation in Single Cells by Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) using Composite Organic-Inorganic Nanoparticles (COINs)
2009; 4 (4)
Detection of single cell epitopes has been a mainstay of immunophenotyping for over three decades, primarily using fluorescence techniques for quantitation. Fluorescence has broad overlapping spectra, limiting multiplexing abilities.To expand upon current detection systems, we developed a novel method for multi-color immuno-detection in single cells using "Composite Organic-Inorganic Nanoparticles" (COINs) Raman nanoparticles. COINs are Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) nanoparticles, with unique Raman spectra. To measure Raman spectra in single cells, we constructed an automated, compact, low noise and sensitive Raman microscopy device (Integrated Raman BioAnalyzer). Using this technology, we detected proteins expressed on the surface in single cells that distinguish T-cells among human blood cells. Finally, we measured intracellular phosphorylation of Stat1 (Y701) and Stat6 (Y641), with results comparable to flow cytometry.Thus, we have demonstrated the practicality of applying COIN nanoparticles for measuring intracellular phosphorylation, offering new possibilities to expand on the current fluorescent technology used for immunoassays in single cells.
View details for DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0005206
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WebFlow: A Software Package for High-Throughput Analysis of Flow Cytometry Data
ASSAY AND DRUG DEVELOPMENT TECHNOLOGIES
2009; 7 (1): 44-55
Flow cytometry has emerged as a powerful tool for quantitative, single-cell analysis of both surface markers and intracellular antigens, including phosphoproteins and kinase signaling cascades, with the flexibility to process hundreds of samples in multiwell plate format. Quantitative flow cytometric analysis is being applied in many areas of biology, from the study of immunology in animal models or human patients to high-content drug screening of pharmacologically active compounds. However, these experiments generate thousands of data points per sample, each with multiple measured parameters, leading to data management and analysis challenges. We developed WebFlow (http://webflow.stanford.edu), a web server-based software package to manage, analyze, and visualize data from flow cytometry experiments. WebFlow is accessible via standard web browsers and does not require users to install software on their personal computers. The software enables plate-based annotation of large data sets, which provides the basis for exploratory data analysis tools and rapid visualization of multiple different parameters. These tools include custom user-defined statistics to normalize data to other wells or other channels, as well as interactive, user-selectable heat maps for viewing the underlying single-cell data. The web-based approach of WebFlow allows for sharing of data with collaborators or the general public. WebFlow provides a novel platform for quantitative analysis of flow cytometric data from high-throughput drug screening or disease profiling experiments.
View details for DOI 10.1089/adt.2008.174
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Learning Signaling Network Structures with Sparsely Distributed Data
JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY
2009; 16 (2): 201-212
Flow cytometric measurement of signaling protein abundances has proved particularly useful for elucidation of signaling pathway structure. The single cell nature of the data ensures a very large dataset size, providing a statistically robust dataset for structure learning. Moreover, the approach is easily scaled to many conditions in high throughput. However, the technology suffers from a dimensionality constraint: at the cutting edge, only about 12 protein species can be measured per cell, far from sufficient for most signaling pathways. Because the structure learning algorithm (in practice) requires that all variables be measured together simultaneously, this restricts structure learning to the number of variables that constitute the flow cytometer's upper dimensionality limit. To address this problem, we present here an algorithm that enables structure learning for sparsely distributed data, allowing structure learning beyond the measurement technology's upper dimensionality limit for simultaneously measurable variables. The algorithm assesses pairwise (or n-wise) dependencies, constructs "Markov neighborhoods" for each variable based on these dependencies, measures each variable in the context of its neighborhood, and performs structure learning using a constrained search.
View details for DOI 10.1089/cmb.2008.07TT
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Conditional protein stabilization via the small molecules Shld-1 and rapamycin increases the signal-to-noise ratio with tet-inducible gene expression
2009; 46 (1): 44-50
Cellular mechanisms control one or more of the three basic levels of regulation (transcription, translation, and protein activity/locality), allowing for finely tuned spatial and temporal regulation of protein expression patterns. Gene regulation constructs in wide use today often employ a constitutively expressed transcription factor whose activity is determined by the presence or absence of a small molecule. A case in point is the tet transcription system, wherein transcription is regulated by doxycycline (Dox), allowing the researcher to turn protein expression on or off depending on the presence/absence of Dox. However in many applications of that system, there is basal transcription from the promoter element that is independent of Dox. Moreover, in vivo, heterogeneous distribution of Dox leads to concurrent differences in gene expression. We addressed these limitations by introducing conditional destabilizing elements to the system. First, we created a transactivator protein fusion regulated at the additional level of protein stability. This modification enabled a system that demonstrated an off state that is less sensitive to variations in Dox concentrations. We also regulated the stability of the protein expressed from the tet operator cassette, observing greatly improved signal-to-noise ratios. The results underscore how investigator-defined regulation at multiple levels of protein expression can attain afiner degree of control over the final expression of introduced genes.
View details for DOI 10.2144/000113030
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Electron microscopy localization and characterization of functionalized composite organic-inorganic SERS nanoparticles on leukemia cells
2008; 109 (1): 111-121
We demonstrate the use of electron microscopy as a powerful characterization tool to identify and locate antibody-conjugated composite organic-inorganic nanoparticle (COINs) surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) nanoparticles on cells. U937 leukemia cells labeled with antibody CD54-conjugated COINs were characterized in their native, hydrated state using wet scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and in their dehydrated state using high-resolution SEM. In both cases, the backscattered electron (BSE) detector was used to detect and identify the silver constituents in COINs due to its high sensitivity to atomic number variations within a specimen. The imaging and analytical capabilities in the SEM were further complemented by higher resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images and scanning Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) data to give reliable and high-resolution information about nanoparticles and their binding to cell surface antigens.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ultramic.2008.09.004
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Genomic and proteomic analysis reveals a threshold level of MYC required for tumor maintenance
2008; 68 (13): 5132-5142
MYC overexpression has been implicated in the pathogenesis of most types of human cancers. MYC is likely to contribute to tumorigenesis by its effects on global gene expression. Previously, we have shown that the loss of MYC overexpression is sufficient to reverse tumorigenesis. Here, we show that there is a precise threshold level of MYC expression required for maintaining the tumor phenotype, whereupon there is a switch from a gene expression program of proliferation to a state of proliferative arrest and apoptosis. Oligonucleotide microarray analysis and quantitative PCR were used to identify changes in expression in 3,921 genes, of which 2,348 were down-regulated and 1,573 were up-regulated. Critical changes in gene expression occurred at or near the MYC threshold, including genes implicated in the regulation of the G(1)-S and G(2)-M cell cycle checkpoints and death receptor/apoptosis signaling. Using two-dimensional protein analysis followed by mass spectrometry, phospho-flow fluorescence-activated cell sorting, and antibody arrays, we also identified changes at the protein level that contributed to MYC-dependent tumor regression. Proteins involved in mRNA translation decreased below threshold levels of MYC. Thus, at the MYC threshold, there is a loss of its ability to maintain tumorigenesis, with associated shifts in gene and protein expression that reestablish cell cycle checkpoints, halt protein translation, and promote apoptosis.
View details for DOI 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-07-6192
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Single-cell, phosphoepitope-specific analysis demonstrates cell type- and pathway-specific dysregulation of Jak/STAT and MAPK signaling associated with in vivo human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infection
JOURNAL OF VIROLOGY
2008; 82 (7): 3702-3712
Despite extensive evidence of cell signaling alterations induced by human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) in vitro, the relevance of these changes to the clinical and/or immunologic status of HIV-1-infected individuals is often unclear. As such, mapping the details of cell type-specific degradation of immune function as a consequence of changes to signaling network responses has not been readily accessible. We used a flow cytometric-based assay of signaling to determine Janus kinase/signal transducers and activators of transcription (Jak/STAT) signaling changes at the single-cell level within distinct cell subsets from the primary immune cells of HIV-1-infected donors. We identified a specific defect in granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF)-driven Stat5 phosphorylation in the monocytes of HIV-1+ donors. This inhibition was statistically significant in a cohort of treated and untreated individuals. Ex vivo Stat5 phosphorylation levels varied among HIV-1+ donors but did not correlate with CD4(+) T-cell counts or HIV-1 plasma viral load. Low Stat5 activation occurred in HIV-1-infected donors despite normal GM-CSF receptor levels. Investigation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways, also stimulated by GM-CSF, led to the observation that lipopolysaccharide-stimulated extracellular signal-regulated kinase phosphorylation is enhanced in monocytes. Thus, we have identified a specific, imbalanced monocyte signaling profile, with inhibition of STAT and enhancement of MAPK signaling, associated with HIV-1 infection. This understanding of altered monocyte signaling responses that contribute to defective antigen presentation during HIV-1 infection could lead to immunotherapeutic approaches that compensate for the deficiency.
View details for DOI 10.1128/JVI.01582-07
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Inhibition of HMGcoA reductase by atorvastatin prevents and reverses MYC-induced lymphomagenesis
2007; 110 (7): 2674-2684
Statins are a class of drugs that inhibit 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMGcoA) reductase, a critical enzyme in the mevalonate pathway. Several reports document that statins may prevent different human cancers. However, whether or not statins can prevent cancer is controversial due to discordant results. One possible explanation for these conflicting conclusions is that only some tumors or specific statins may be effective. Here, we demonstrate in an in vivo transgenic model in which atorvastatin reverses and prevents the onset of MYC-induced lymphomagenesis, but fails to reverse or prevent tumorigenesis in the presence of constitutively activated K-Ras (G12D). Using phosphoprotein fluorescence-activated cell sorter (FACS) analysis, atorvastatin treatment was found to result in the inactivation of the Ras and ERK1/2 signaling pathways associated with the dephosphorylation and inactivation of MYC. Correspondingly, tumors with a constitutively activated K-Ras (G12D) did not exhibit dephosphorylation of ERK1/2 and MYC. Atorvastatin's effects on MYC were specific to the inhibition of HMGcoA reductase, as treatment with mevalonate, the product of HMG-CoA reductase activity, abrogated these effects and inhibited the ability of atorvastatin to reverse or suppress tumorigenesis. Also, RNAi directed at HMGcoA reductase was sufficient to abrogate the neoplastic properties of MYC-induced tumors. Thus, atorvastatin, by inhibiting HMGcoA reductase, induces changes in phosphoprotein signaling that in turn prevent MYC-induced lymphomagenesis.
View details for DOI 10.1182/blood-2006-09-048033
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K-Ras(G12D) expression induces hyperproliferation and aberrant signaling in primary hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells
2007; 109 (9): 3945-3952
Defining how cancer-associated mutations perturb signaling networks in stem/progenitor populations that are integral to tumor formation and maintenance is a fundamental problem with biologic and clinical implications. Point mutations in RAS genes contribute to many cancers, including myeloid malignancies. We investigated the effects of an oncogenic Kras(G12D) allele on phosphorylated signaling molecules in primary c-kit(+) lin(-/low) hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells. Comparison of wild-type and Kras(G12D) c-kit(+) lin(-/low) cells shows that K-Ras(G12D) expression causes hyperproliferation in vivo and results in abnormal levels of phosphorylated STAT5, ERK, and S6 under basal and stimulated conditions. Whereas Kras(G12D) cells demonstrate hyperactive signaling after exposure to granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor, we unexpectedly observe a paradoxical attenuation of ERK and S6 phosphorylation in response to stem cell factor. These studies provide direct biochemical evidence that cancer stem/progenitor cells remodel signaling networks in response to oncogenic stress and demonstrate that multi-parameter flow cytometry can be used to monitor the effects of targeted therapeutics in vivo. This strategy has broad implications for defining the architecture of signaling networks in primary cancer cells and for implementing stem cell-targeted interventions.
View details for DOI 10.1182/blood-2006-09-047530
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Flt3 Y591 duplication and Bc1-2 overexpression are detected in acute myeloid leukemia cells with high levels of phosphorylated wild-type p53
2007; 109 (6): 2589-2596
Loss or mutation of the TP53 tumor suppressor gene is not commonly observed in acute myeloid leukemia (AML), suggesting that there is an alternate route for cell transformation. We investigated the hypothesis that previously observed Bcl-2 family member overexpression suppresses wild-type p53 activity in AML. We demonstrate that wild-type p53 protein is expressed in primary leukemic blasts from patients with de novo AML using 2-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2D-PAGE) and phospho-specific flow cytometry. We found that p53 was heterogeneously expressed and phosphorylated in AML patient samples and could accumulate following DNA damage. Overexpression of antiapoptosis protein Bcl-2 in AML cells was directly correlated with p53 expression and phosphorylation on serine residues 15, 46, and 392. Within those patients with the highest levels of Bcl-2 expression, we identified a mutation in FLT3 that duplicated phosphorylation site Y591. The presence of this mutation correlated with greater than normal Bcl-2 expression and with previously observed profiles of potentiated STAT and MAPK signaling. These results support the hypothesis that Flt3-mediated signaling in AML enables accumulation of Bcl-2 and maintains a downstream block to p53 pathway apoptosis. Bcl-2 inhibition might therefore improve the efficacy of existing AML therapies by inactivating this suppression of wild-type p53 activity.
View details for DOI 10.1182/blood-2006-02-004234
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RACK1 regulates Ki-Ras-mediated signaling and morphological transformation of NIH 3T3 cells
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CANCER
2007; 120 (5): 961-969
Activating Ras mutations are involved in a significant fraction of human tumors. A suppressor screen using a retroviral mouse fibroblast cDNA library was performed to identify novel factors in Ras-mediated transformation. We identified a novel potent inhibitor of Ras-mediated morphological transformation encoded by a truncated version of the receptor for activated C-kinase (RACK1). The truncated protein, designated RACK1DeltaWD1, lacked the N-terminal 49 amino acids encoding the first of the 7 WD40 repeats in RACK1. RACK1DeltaWD1 expression restored contact inhibition, stress fiber formation and reduced ERK phosphorylation in Ki-Ras transformed NIH 3T3 cells. We demonstrate that truncated RACK1 is involved in complexes consisting of wild-type RACK1 and protein kinase C isoforms alpha, betaI and delta, compromising the transduction of an activated Ras signal to the Raf-MEK-ERK pathway. The cellular localization of RACK1DeltaWD1 differed from wtRACK1, indicating that signaling complexes containing the truncated version of RACK1 are incorrectly localized. Notably, 12-O-tetradecanoyl-13-phorbol acetate (TPA) mediated intracellular translocation of RACK1-interacting PKC alpha and delta was abrogated in RACK1DeltaWD1-expressing cells. Our data support a model where RACK1 acts as a key factor in Ki-Ras-mediated morphological transformation.
View details for DOI 10.1002/ijc.22373
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The ERK mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway contributes to Ebola virus glycoprotein-induced cytotoxicity
JOURNAL OF VIROLOGY
2007; 81 (3): 1230-1240
Ebola virus is a highly lethal pathogen that causes hemorrhagic fever in humans and nonhuman primates. Among the seven known viral gene products, the envelope glycoprotein (GP) alone induces cell rounding and detachment that ultimately leads to cell death. Cellular cytoxicity is not seen with comparable levels of expression of a mutant form of GP lacking a mucin-like domain (GPDeltamuc). GP-induced cell death is nonapoptotic and is preceded by downmodulation of cell surface molecules involved in signaling pathways, including certain integrins and epidermal growth factor receptor. To investigate the mechanism of GP-induced cellular toxicity, we analyzed the activation of several signal transduction pathways involved in cell growth and survival. The active form of extracellular signal-regulated kinases types 1 and 2 (ERK1/2), phospho-ERK1/2, was reduced in cells expressing GP compared to those expressing GPDeltamuc as determined by flow cytometry, in contrast to the case for several other signaling proteins. Subsequent analysis of the activation states and kinase activities of related kinases revealed a more pronounced effect on the ERK2 kinase isoform. Disruption of ERK2 activity by a dominant negative ERK or by small interfering RNA-mediated ERK2 knockdown potentiated the decrease in alphaV integrin expression associated with toxicity. Conversely, activation of the pathway through the expression of a constitutively active form of ERK2 significantly protected against this effect. These results indicate that the ERK signaling cascade mediates GP-mediated cytotoxicity and plays a role in pathogenicity induced by this gene product.
View details for DOI 10.1128/JVI.01586-06
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Differential role of ICAM ligands in determination of human memory T cell differentiation
Leukocyte Function Antigen-1 (LFA-1) is a primary adhesion molecule that plays important roles in T cell activation, leukocyte recirculation, and trans-endothelial migration. By applying a multivariate intracellular phospho-proteomic analysis, we demonstrate that LFA-1 differentially activates signaling molecules.Signal intensity was dependent on both ICAM ligand and LFA-1 concentration. In the presence of CD3 and CD28 stimulation, ICAM-2 and ICAM-3 decreased TGFbeta1 production more than ICAM-1. In long-term differentiation experiments, stimulation with ICAM-3, CD3, and CD28 generated IFNgamma producing CD4+CD45RO+CD62L-CD11aBrightCD27- cells that had increased expression of intracellular BCL2, displayed distinct chemokine receptor profiles, and exhibited distinct migratory characteristics. Only CD3/CD28 with ICAM-3 generated CD4+CD45RO+CD62L-CD11aBrightCD27- cells that were functionally responsive to chemotaxis and exhibited higher frequencies of cells that signaled to JNK and ERK1/2 upon stimulation with MIP3alpha. Furthermore, these reports identify that the LFA-1 receptor, when presented with multiple ligands, can result in distinct T cell differentiation states and suggest that the combinatorial integration of ICAM ligand interactions with LFA-1 have functional consequences for T cell biology.Thus, the ICAM ligands, differentially modulate LFA-1 signaling in T cells and potentiate the development of memory human T cells in vitro. These findings are of importance in a mechanistic understanding of memory cell differentiation and ex vivo generation of memory cell subsets for therapeutic applications.
View details for DOI 10.1186/1471-2172-8-2
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Altered B-cell receptor signaling kinetics distinguish human follicular lymphoma. B cells from tumor-infiltrating nonmalignant B cells
2006; 108 (9): 3135-3142
The B-cell receptor (BCR) transmits life and death signals throughout B-cell development, and altered BCR signaling may be required for survival of B-lymphoma cells. We used single-cell signaling profiles to compare follicular lymphoma (FL) B cells and nonmalignant host B cells within individual patient biopsies and identified BCR-mediated signaling events specific to lymphoma B cells. Expression of CD20, Bcl-2, and BCR light chain isotype (kappa or lambda) distinguished FL tumor B-cell and nontumor host B-cell subsets within FL patient biopsies. BCR-mediated signaling via phosphorylation of Btk, Syk, Erk1/2, and p38 occurred more rapidly in tumor B cells from FL samples than in infiltrating nontumor B cells, achieved greater levels of per-cell signaling, and sustained this level of signaling for hours longer than nontumor B cells. The timing and magnitude of BCR-mediated signaling in nontumor B cells within an FL sample instead resembled that observed in mature B cells from the peripheral blood of healthy subjects. BCR signaling pathways that are potentiated specifically in lymphoma cells should provide new targets for therapeutic attention.
View details for DOI 10.1182/blood-2006-02-003921
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Kinetics of B cell receptor signaling in human B cell subsets mapped by phosphospecific flow cytometry
JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY
2006; 177 (3): 1581-1589
Differences in BCR signaling may govern outcomes as diverse as proliferation and cell death. We profiled BCR signaling kinetics in subsets of primary human B cells using flow cytometry. In the predominant population expressing IgM, BCR cross-linking led to a quick burst of Syk, ERK1/2, and p38 signaling. In contrast, IgG B cells sustained higher per-cell ERK1/2 phosphorylation over time. This dichotomy suggested a mechanism for dampening signals transmitted by IgM. Regulatory phosphatase activity in IgM B cells was BCR-mediated and initiated more slowly than kinase activity. This BCR-mediated phosphatase activity was sensitive to inhibition by H(2)O(2) and required to attenuate IgM BCR signaling. These results provide the first kinetic maps of BCR signaling in primary human B cell subsets and enable new studies of signaling in B cell disorders, such as autoimmunity and cancer.
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Chemical labeling strategies for cell biology
2006; 3 (8): 591-596
Methods to visualize, track, measure and perturb proteins in living cells are central to biomedicine's efforts to characterize and understand the spatial and temporal underpinnings of life inside cells. Although fluorescent proteins have revolutionized such studies, they have shortcomings, which have spurred the creation of alternative approaches to chemically label proteins in live cells. In this review we highlight research questions that can be addressed using site-specific chemical labeling and present a comparison of the various labeling techniques that have been developed. We also provide a 'roadmap' for selection of appropriate labeling techniques(s) and outline generalized strategies to validate and troubleshoot chemical labeling experiments.
View details for DOI 10.1038/NMETH906
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Global transcriptional response to interferon is a determinant of HCV treatment outcome and is modified by race
2006; 44 (2): 352-359
Interferon (IFN)-alpha-based therapy for chronic hepatitis C is effective in fewer than 50% of all treated patients, with a substantially lower response rate in black patients. The goal of this study was to investigate the underlying host transcriptional response associated with interferon treatment outcomes. We collected peripheral blood mononuclear cells from chronic hepatitis C patients before initiation of IFN-alpha therapy and incubated the cells with or without IFN-alpha for 6 hours, followed by microarray assay to identify IFN-induced gene transcription. The microarray datasets were analyzed statistically according to the patients' race and virological responses to subsequent IFN-alpha treatment. The global induction of IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs) was significantly greater in sustained virological responders compared with nonresponders and in white patients compared with black patients. In addition, a significantly greater global induction of ISGs was observed in sustained virological responders compared with nonresponders within the group of white patients. The level of IFN-induced signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) 1 activation, a key component of the Janus kinase (JAK)-STAT signaling pathway, correlated with the global induction of ISGs and was significantly higher in white patients than in black patients. In conclusion, both treatment outcome and race are associated with different transcriptional responses to IFN-alpha. Because this difference is evident in the global induction of ISGs rather than a selective effect on a subset of such genes, key factors affecting the outcome of IFN-alpha therapy are likely to act at the JAK-STAT pathway that controls transcription of downstream ISGs.
View details for DOI 10.1002/hep.21267
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Phospho-specific flow cytometry: Intersection of immunology and biochemistry at the single-cell level
CURRENT OPINION IN MOLECULAR THERAPEUTICS
2006; 8 (3): 215-224
Striving to achieve greater clinical relevance, researchers in basic science and in drug discovery are transitioning from biochemical investigations using cell lines to technologies that garner mechanistic information from primary patient material. Such studies can be broad in scope, despite limited sample material and cell-type heterogeneity. The development of flow cytometry for following intracellular signaling has met some of these demands and opened new avenues for mechanistic exploration. This review covers some of the most recent research to leverage this new technology and follows two new developments: increasing interest in JAK/STAT signaling, and experimental strategies that reveal disease-induced modulation of signaling networks.
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Fluorescent cell barcoding in flow cytometry allows high-throughput drug screening and signaling profiling
2006; 3 (5): 361-368
Flow cytometry allows high-content, multiparameter analysis of single cells, making it a promising tool for drug discovery and profiling of intracellular signaling. To add high-throughput capacity to flow cytometry, we developed a cell-based multiplexing technique called fluorescent cell barcoding (FCB). In FCB, each sample is labeled with a different signature, or barcode, of fluorescence intensity and emission wavelengths, and mixed with other samples before antibody staining and analysis by flow cytometry. Using three FCB fluorophores, we were able to barcode and combine entire 96-well plates, reducing antibody consumption 100-fold and acquisition time to 5-15 min per plate. Using FCB and phospho-specific flow cytometry, we screened a small-molecule library for inhibitors of T cell-receptor and cytokine signaling, simultaneously determining compound efficacy and selectivity. We also analyzed IFN-gamma signaling in multiple cell types from primary mouse splenocytes, revealing differences in sensitivity and kinetics between B cells, CD4+ and CD4- T cells and CD11b-hi cells.
View details for DOI 10.1038/NMETH872
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Luminescent imaging of beta-galactosidase activity in living subjects using sequential reporter-enzyme luminescence
2006; 3 (4): 295-301
We generated a sequential reporter-enzyme luminescence (SRL) technology for in vivo detection of beta-galactosidase (beta-gal) activity. The substrate, a caged D-luciferin-galactoside conjugate, must first be cleaved by beta-gal before it can be catalyzed by firefly luciferase (FLuc) to generate light. As a result, luminescence is dependent on beta-gal activity. Using this technology, constitutive beta-gal activity in engineered cells and inducible tissue-specific beta-gal expression in transgenic mice can now be visualized noninvasively over time. A substantial advantage of beta-gal as a bioluminescent probe is that the enzyme retains full activity outside of cells, unlike FLuc, which requires intracellular cofactors. As a result, antibodies conjugated to the recombinant beta-gal enzyme can be used to detect endogenous cells and extracellular antigens in vivo. Thus, coupling the properties of FLuc to the advantages of beta-gal permits bioluminescent imaging applications that previously were not possible.
View details for DOI 10.1038/NMETH868
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Phospho-proteomic immune analysis by flow cytometry: from mechanism to translational medicine at the single-cell level
2006; 210: 208-228
Understanding a molecular basis for cellular function is a common goal of biomedicine. The complex and dynamic cellular processes underlying physiological processes become subtly or grossly perturbed in human disease. A primary objective is to demystify this complexity by creating and establishing relevant model systems to study important aspects of human disease. Although significant technological advancements over the last decade in both genomic and proteomic arenas have enabled progress, accessing the complexity of cellular interactions that occur in vivo has been a difficult arena in which to make progress. Moreover, there are extensive challenges in translating research tools to clinical applications. Flow cytometry, over the course of the last 40 years, has revolutionized the field of immunology, in both the basic science and clinical settings, as well as having been instrumental to new and exciting areas of discovery such as stem cell biology. Multiparameter machinery and systems exist now to access the heterogeneity of cellular subsets and enable phenotypic characterization and functional assays to be performed on material from both animal models and humans. This review focuses primarily on the development and application of using activation-state readouts of intracellular activity for phospho-epitopes. We present recent work on how a flow cytometric platform is used to obtain mechanistic insight into cellular processes as well as highlight the clinical applications that our laboratory has explored. Furthermore, this review discusses the challenges faced with processing high-content multidimensional and multivariate data sets. Flow cytometry, as a platform that is well situated in both the research and clinical settings, can contribute to drug discovery as well as having utility for both biomarker and patient-stratification.
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Transcending the biomarker mindset: deciphering disease mechanisms at the single cell level
CURRENT OPINION IN CHEMICAL BIOLOGY
2006; 10 (1): 20-27
The application of proteomics to disease research promises to enhance the understanding and treatment of many human maladies through the identification of molecular profiles associated with each disease. However, although much is made of the utility of molecular signatures as markers of disease state, insufficient emphasis is often placed on the simultaneous need for biological mechanism inquiry. Focused and detailed analyses of disease-associated signaling networks have the potential to be more mechanistically informative than large-scale proteomic profiling approaches, providing insight into the cellular processes involved in pathogenesis, disease progression and therapeutic resistance; while still providing diagnostic or clinical management direction. Phospho-specific flow cytometry provides a method for the analysis of pathological signaling networks, enabling the investigation of disease mechanisms at the single-cell level.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.cbpa.2005.12.021
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Deeper insights into hematological oncology disorders via single-cell phospho-signaling analysis.
Hematology / the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology. American Society of Hematology. Education Program
An understanding of hematological cancer cell signaling processes poses one of the most complex and intractable problems in modern biomedical inquiry. While we understand some of the fundamental players that contribute to oncogenic processes, significant effort is focused upon determining how these individual players relay information to each other to create the composite functions of a cancer cell. Efforts designed to understand these processes at the single cell level will undoubtedly allow for understanding of the heterogeneity of hematological tumors as well as, simultaneously, the function of the 'responding' immune system. I will relate some of the insights our laboratory has developed over the last several years applying single-cell phospho-flow cytometry to the study of signaling in primary patient material and murine models. While it is clear that this analysis now allows us to accomplish phospho-signaling biochemistry at the single cell level with primary cell material, we are only beginning to develop some of the bioinformatics tools to appropriately display the vast amount of information collected by such approaches. These approaches, however, have already allowed us to develop approaches that prognosticate patient outcomes based on signaling status, prior to any treatment, as well as subgroup patient subtypes according to signaling states. The modest efforts to date presage a time where it should be possible to provide far more tailored therapies specific to the varied diseases represented by the hematological malignancies.
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T-Cell tropism and the role of ORF66 protein in pathogenesis of varicella-zoster virus infection
JOURNAL OF VIROLOGY
2005; 79 (20): 12921-12933
The pathogenesis of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) involves a cell-associated viremia during which infectious virus is carried from sites of respiratory mucosal inoculation to the skin. We now demonstrate that VZV infection of T cells is associated with robust virion production and modulation of the apoptosis and interferon pathways within these cells. The VZV serine/threonine protein kinase encoded by ORF66 is essential for the efficient replication of VZV in T cells. Preventing ORF66 protein expression by stop codon insertion (pOka66S) impaired the growth of the parent Oka (pOka) strain in T cells in SCID-hu T-cell xenografts in vivo and reduced formation of VZV virions. The lack of ORF66 protein also increased the susceptibility of infected T cells to apoptosis and reduced the capacity of the virus to interfere with induction of the interferon (IFN) signaling pathway following exposure to IFN-gamma. However, preventing ORF66 protein expression only slightly reduced growth in melanoma cells in culture and did not diminish virion formation in these cells. The pOka66S virus showed only a slight defect in growth in SCID-hu skin implants compared with intact pOka. These observations suggest that the ORF66 kinase plays a unique role during infection of T cells and supports VZV T-cell tropism by contributing to immune evasion and enhancing survival of infected T cells.
View details for DOI 10.1128/JVI.79.20.12921-12933.2005
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Coordinate analysis of murine immune cell surface markers and intracellular phosphoproteins by flow cytometry
JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY
2005; 175 (4): 2357-2365
Recently, phosphospecific flow cytometry has emerged as a powerful tool to analyze intracellular signaling events in complex populations of cells because of its ability to simultaneously discriminate cell types based on surface marker expression and measure levels of intracellular phosphoproteins. This has provided novel insights into the cell- and pathway-specific nature of immune signaling. However, we and others have found that the fixation and permeabilization steps necessary for phosphoprotein analysis often negatively affect the resolution of cell types based on surface marker analysis and light scatter characteristics. Therefore, we performed a comprehensive profile of >35 different murine surface marker Abs to understand the effects of fixation and permeabilization on surface Ag staining. Fortuitously, approximately 80% of the Abs tested resolved cell populations of interest, although with decreased separation between positive and negative populations and at very different titers than those used on live cells. The other 20% showed either complete loss of separation between populations or loss of intermediately staining populations. We were able to rescue staining of several of these Ags by performing staining after fixation, but before permeabilization, although with limited fluorophore choices. Scatter characteristics of lymphocytes were well retained, but changed dramatically for monocyte and neutrophil populations. These results compile a comprehensive resource for researchers interested in applying phosphospecific flow cytometry to complex populations of cells while outlining steps necessary to successfully apply new surface marker Abs to this platform.
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View details for PubMedID 16081806
Characterization of the murine immunological signaling network with phosphospecific flow cytometry
JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY
2005; 175 (4): 2366-2373
The immune system is a multitiered network that at the first level uses changes to intracellular signaling proteins to commit cells to determined fates. At the second tier, cells interact with one another via specifically expressed surface receptors and their cognate signaling molecules. At the third level, the local environments of immune cells change the outcomes of intracellular signaling pathways and thereby the role of cells during immune challenge. The interplay among these three tiers allows the distinct cell types of the immune system to respond cohesively to eliminate foreign Ags. In this study, using phosphospecific flow cytometry, we analyze elements of these network tiers by generating profiles of single-cell phosphoprotein responses in B cells, T cells, and myeloid cells to a number of mechanistically and clinically relevant cytokines (IFN-gamma, GM-CSF, IL-2, and IL-10) as well as LPS at key regulatory interfaces (Jak-Stat and MAPK pathways). The stimuli typically induced phosphorylation of specific signaling pathways and exerted their effects on distinct subsets of immune cells. However, upon comparison of stimulation in vitro and in vivo, we noted that signaling pathway specificity and cell type specificity were influenced strongly by the external environment. When taken from the in vivo environment, certain cell subsets became hypo- or hyper-responsive, showed profound differences in sensitivity to cytokine levels, or displayed altered phosphorylation kinetics. Thus, simultaneous analysis of the three tiers of the immune system network illustrates the principles by which immune regulation is context dependent and how in vitro culture systems compare with the in vivo environment.
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Multiparameter analysis of intracellular phosphoepitopes in immunophenotyped cell populations by flow cytometry.
Current protocols in cytometry / editorial board, J. Paul Robinson, managing editor ... [et al.]
2005; Chapter 6: Unit 6 20-?
This unit presents protocols for measuring intracellular phosphoepitopes by flow cytometry for biochemical investigations in both human and murine primary cells as well as in cell lines. Conventional methods that require cellular lysis cannot discriminate between proteins from different cellular subsets. Intracellular detection of phosphorylated and nonphosphorylated signaling molecules, on the other hand, has recently exposed the heterogeneity that can be observed upon signal transduction. Although staining methodologies for cytokines and cell cycle antigens have been appreciated for years, detection of phosphorylated molecules presents several new challenges, including generation of reagents and details of the staining technique. As these techniques are adapted to new applications, the protocols continue to be refined. This unit describes signal amplification of intracellular signals upon detergent-based permeabilizations, staining protocol for adherent cells, methodology for whole-blood staining, and multiparameter staining procedures for surface and intracellular antigens.
View details for DOI 10.1002/0471142956.cy0620s32
View details for PubMedID 18770823
Y-box-binding protein 1 confers EGF independence to human mammary epithelial cells
2005; 24 (19): 3177-3186
The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is linked to poor outcome in breast cancer, and resistance to hormonal therapy is often accompanied by activation of growth factor receptors. To investigate the mechanism(s) by which EGFR becomes activated in breast cancer, we screened a cDNA expression library for genes that mediate EGF-independent proliferation of human mammary epithelial cells (HMECs). We isolated the NSEP1 cDNA encoding Y-box-binding protein 1 (YB-1), a multifunctional transcriptional and translational regulator. This cDNA conferred growth factor independence to HMECs. YB-1-transduced cells overexpressed EGFR, but ErbB-2 (Her-2/neu) levels were unchanged. Moreover, EGFR was constitutively phosphorylated in the absence of exogenous ligand. In these cells, an EGFR-blocking antibody failed to inhibit proliferation, conditioned medium activity could not be detected, and the synthesis of EGFR ligands was reduced compared to parental cells. This suggests that EGFR is activated in a ligand-independent fashion. However, cell growth could be blocked with an ErbB kinase inhibitor, indicating that EGFR signaling plays a major role in YB-1-induced growth factor independence. Taken together, our results demonstrate that YB-1 overexpression can induce EGF independence in HMECs via activation of the EGFR pathway. This could represent one of the mechanisms by which YB-1 contributes to breast tumor aggressiveness.
View details for DOI 10.1038/sj.onc.1208504
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A random peptide library fused to CCR5 for selection of mimetopes expressed on the mammalian cell surface via retroviral vectors
JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY
2005; 280 (15): 15195-15201
A random peptide library was expressed on the surface of a mammalian cell by applying retroviral vectors. The random sequence was fused to the CCR5 chemokine receptor, which served as a scaffold to present the library at the cell surface. We used this library to isolate an epitope mimetope in a proof of principle system. This approach can become a tool for rapid creation of peptidic expression domains in a eukaryotic environment. Applications include the creation of decoys for receptors in cell-cell interactions, screening for molecules that drive ligand expression on target cells in two-cell interaction screens, among other utilities.
View details for DOI 10.1074/jbc.M500254200
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Gene therapy progress and prospects: Novel gene therapy approaches for AIDS
2005; 12 (6): 467-476
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), kills millions worldwide every year. Vaccines against HIV still seem a distant promise. Pharmaceutical treatments exist, but these are not always effective, and there is increasing prevalence of viral strains with multidrug resistance. Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) consists of inhibitors of viral enzymes (reverse transcriptase (RT) and protease). Gene therapy, first introduced as intracellular immunization, may offer hopes for new treatments to be used alone, or in conjunction with, conventional small molecule drugs. Gene therapy approaches against HIV-1, including suicide genes, RNA-based technology, dominant negative viral proteins, intracellular antibodies, intrakines, and peptides, are the subject of this review.
View details for DOI 10.1038/sj.gt.3302488
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- Tadpoles by the tail NATURE METHODS 2005; 2 (1): 11-12
Screening of retroviral cDNA libraries for factors involved in protein phosphorylation in signaling cascades
NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH
2005; 33 (4)
We report a novel approach that allows for the rapid identification of proteins mediating phosphorylation in signaling cascades after specific stimulation. As a proof of concept, we used the interferon- gamma (IFN-gamma)-induced phosphorylation of signal transducer and activator of transcription-1 (Stat1) in a human promonocytic cell line, which was previously shown to be deficient in this signaling pathway. By using retroviral cDNA expression libraries, transduced selector cells expressing single cDNAs were stimulated with IFN-gamma, then fixed, permeabilized and stained intracellularly for phospho-Stat1 levels. Cells responding to the stimulation, which showed increased levels of phosphorylated Stat1, were enriched using fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS). Genomic DNA was isolated from the enriched cell population and served as a template for cDNA amplification using PCR. After only one round of selection, a cDNA encoding the beta-chain of the IFN-gamma receptor (IFNGR2) was obtained and demonstrated to restore the selected phenotype. The approach now allows one to use phospho-events as reporters, alone or in tandem, for screening of signaling network states, overcoming a prior need to rely on the reporter genes that are often only indirect measures of phenotypes desired in a screen.
View details for DOI 10.1093/nar/gni039
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View details for PubMedID 15731332
LFA-1 signaling through p44/42 is coupled to perforin degranulation in CD56(+)CD8(+) natural killer cells
2004; 104 (4): 1083-1093
Leukocyte function antigen 1 (LFA-1) is essential for the formation of immune cell synapses and plays a role in the pathophysiology of various autoimmune diseases. We investigated the molecular details of LFA-1 activation during adhesion between cytotoxic cells and a target model leukemia cell. The cytolytic activity of a CD3-CD8+CD56+ natural killer (NK) subset was enhanced when LFA-1 was activated. In a comparison of LFA-1 ligands, intercellular adhesion molecule 2 (ICAM-2) and ICAM-3 promoted LFA-1-directed perforin release, whereas ICAM-1 had little effect. Ligand-induced LFA-1 clustering facilitated perforin release, demonstrating LFA-1 could regulate degranulation mechanisms. LFA-1 induced the activation of src family kinases, Vav1 and p44/42 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), in human CD56+ NK cells as evidenced by intracellular phospho-epitope measurements that correlated with effector-target cell binding and perforin-granzyme A-mediated cytolytic activity. These results identify novel, specific functional consequence of LFA-1-mediated cytolytic activity in perforin-containing human NK subsets.
View details for DOI 10.1182/blood-2003-08-2652
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Prolonged liver-specific transgene expression by a non-primate lentiviral vector
BIOCHEMICAL AND BIOPHYSICAL RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS
2004; 320 (3): 998-1006
Liver-directed gene therapy has the potential for treatment of numerous inherited diseases affecting metabolic functions. The aim of this study was to evaluate gene expression in hepatocytes using feline immunodeficiency virus-based lentiviral vectors, which may be potentially safer than those based on human immunodeficiency virus. In vitro studies revealed that gene expression was stable for up to 24 days post-transduction and integration into the host cell genome was suggested by Alu PCR and Southern blot analyses. Systemic in vivo administration of viral particles by the hydrodynamics method resulted in high levels of gene expression exclusively in the liver for over 7 months whereas injection of plasmid DNA by the same method led to transient expression levels. Our studies suggest that feline immunodeficiency-based lentiviral vectors specifically transduce liver cells and may be used as a novel vehicle of gene delivery for treatment of metabolic disease.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.bbrc.2004.06.044
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A general approach for chemical labeling and rapid, spatially controlled protein inactivation
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
2004; 101 (27): 9982-9987
Chemical labeling of proteins inside of living cells can enable studies of the location, movement, and function of proteins in vivo. Here we demonstrate an approach for chemical labeling of proteins that uses the high-affinity interaction between an FKBP12 mutant (F36V) and a synthetic, engineered ligand (SLF'). A fluorescein conjugate to the engineered ligand (FL-SLF') retained binding to FKBP12(F36V) and possessed similar fluorescence properties as parental fluorescein. FL-SLF' labeled FKBP12(F36V) fusion proteins in live mammalian cells, and was used to monitor the subcellular localization of a membrane targeted FKBP12(F36V) construct. Chemical labeling of FKBP12(F36V) fusion proteins with FL-SLF' was readily detectable at low expression levels of the FKBP12(F36V) fusion, and the level of fluorescent staining with FL-SLF' was proportional to the FKBP12(F36V) expression level. This FL-SLF'-FKBP12(F36V) labeling technique was tested in fluorophore assisted laser inactivation (FALI), a light-mediated technique to rapidly inactivate fluorophore-labeled target proteins. FL-SLF' mediated FALI of a beta-galactosidase-FKBP12(F36V) fusion protein, causing rapid inactivation of >90% of enzyme activity upon irradiation in vitro. FL-SLF' also mediated FALI of a beta-galactosidase fusion expressed in living NIH 3T3 cells, where beta-galactosidase activity was reduced in 15 s. Thus, FL-SLF' can be used to monitor proteins in vivo and to target rapid, spatially and temporally defined inactivation of target proteins in living cells in a process that we call FK-FALI.
View details for DOI 10.1073/pnas.0401609101
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Analysis of protein phosphorylation and cellular signaling events by flow cytometry: techniques and clinical applications
2004; 110 (3): 206-221
Analysis of protein phosphorylation with flow cytometric techniques has emerged as a powerful tool in the field of immunological signaling, allowing cellular subsets in complex populations to be analyzed accurately and rapidly. In this review, we examine the development of phospho-epitope, or phospho-specific, flow cytometry and the premises upon which the technique is based. Phospho-specific flow cytometry is compared to traditional biochemical methods, and its advantages, such as single cell analysis, multiparameter data acquisition, rapid protocols, and the ability to analyze rare cell subsets, are detailed. We also discuss the many technical considerations that must be addressed when developing new antibodies or analyzing new epitopes including antigen accessibility, stability of the phospho-epitope, fluorophore selection, surface phenotype integrity, and antibody suitability for staining epitopes inside fixed and permeabilized cells. The methods that have been used to date are described in light of these technical considerations. The importance of developing bioinformatic platforms in parallel with these techniques is emphasized due to the large, multiparameter datasets that are rapidly accumulated and which require more efficient data viewing and complex clustering methods than currently available for flow cytometric data. Finally, we discuss the potential clinical applications of phospho-specific flow cytometry in analyzing immune cell development and antigen-specific immune responses, as well as pharmacodynamic profiling of disease states or drug efficacy and specificity against particular signaling proteins.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.clim.2003.11.009
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In vivo targeting of organic calcium sensors via genetically selected peptides
CHEMISTRY & BIOLOGY
2004; 11 (3): 347-356
A library of constrained peptides that form stable folded structures was screened for aptamers that bind with high affinity to the fluorescent dye Texas red. Two selected clones had binding constants to Texas red of 25 and 80 pM as phage and binding had minimal effects on the fluorescence of Texas red. The peptides interact with distinct but overlapping regions of Texas red. One peptide bound to X-rhod calcium sensors, which share the same core fluorophore as Texas red. These dyes retained calcium sensitivity when bound to the peptide. This peptide was used to label a fusion protein with X-rhod-5F in vivo, and X-rhod sensed changes in calcium locally. Thus, minimal, constrained peptides can functionally bind to environmentally sensitive dyes or other organic agents in biological contexts, suggesting tools for in vivo imaging and analysis.
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.chembiol.2004.03.004
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Oligonucleotide-directed site-specific integration of high complexity libraries into ssDNA templates
NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH
2004; 32 (2)
We present an approach that generates an oligomer-based library with minimal need for restriction site modification of sequences in the target vector. The technique has the advantage that it can be applied for generating peptide aptamer libraries at sites within proteins without the need for introducing flanking enzyme sites. As an example we present a phagemid retroviral shuttle vector that can be used to achieve stable expression of the library in mammalian cells for the purpose of screening for peptides with desired biological activity.
View details for DOI 10.1093/nar/gnh021
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Flow cytometric analysis of kinase signaling cascades.
Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
2004; 263: 67-94
Flow cytometry offers the capability to assess the heterogeneity of cellular subsets that exist in complex populations, such as peripheral blood, based on immunophenotypes. We describe methodologies to measure phospho-epitopes in single cells as determinants of intracellular kinase activity. Multiparametric staining, using both surface and intracellular stains, allows for the study of discrete biochemical events in readily discernible lymphocyte subsets. As such, the usage of multiparameter flow cytometry to obtain proteomic information provides several major advantages: (1) the ability to perform multiparametric experiments to identify distinct signaling profiles in defined lymphocyte populations, (2) simultaneous correlation of multiple active kinases involved in signaling cascades, (3) profiling of active kinase states to identify signaling signatures of interest rapidly, and (4) biochemical access to rare cell subsets such as those from clinically derived samples or populations that comprise too few in numbers for conventional biochemical analysis.
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Lentiviral vectors for the delivery of DNA into mammalian cells.
Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
2004; 246: 391-411
Vectors derived from oncoretroviruses, represented by the prototype Moloney murine leukemia virus (MMLV), are powerful tools for gene transfer into mammalian cells. Vectors derived from such viruses are able to carry an insert of up to 6.5 kb. Because Retroviridae and derived vectors insert their genome into the host chromosome, the transgene delivered by these viruses are stably expressed in the infected cells. From a safety standpoint, the vectors are designed to eliminate any need to carry viral genes or associated toxicities into the host cell. This also substantially reduces their potential immunogenicity. Finally, the titers achieved with these vectors can be very high, yielding efficient infection in a broad range of cell types.
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- Intracellular phospho-protein staining techniques for flow cytometry: Monitoring single cell signaling events CYTOMETRY PART A 2003; 55A (2): 61-70
Localized expression of an anti-TNF single-chain antibody prevents development of collagen-induced arthritis
2003; 10 (15): 1248-1257
Although systemic administration of neutralizing anti-TNF antibodies has been used successfully in treating rheumatoid arthritis, there is a potential for side effects. We transduced a collagen reactive T-cell hybridoma with tissue-specific homing properties to assess therapeutic effects of local delivery to inflamed joints of anti-TNF single-chain antibodies (scFv) by adoptive cellular gene therapy. Cell culture medium conditioned with 1 x 10(6) scFv producer cells/ml had TNF neutralizing capacity in vitro equivalent to 50 ng/ml anti-TNF monoclonal antibody. Adding a kappa chain constant domain to the basic scFv (construct TN3-Ckappa) gave increased in vitro stability and in vivo therapeutic effect. TN3-Ckappa blocked development of collagen-induced arthritis in DBA/1LacJ mice for >60 days. Transgene expression was detected in the paws but not the spleen of treated animals for up to 55 days postinjection. No significant variations in cell proliferation or cytokine secretion were found in splenocytes or peripheral lymphocytes. IL-6 expression was blocked in the diseased paws of mice in the scFv treatment groups compared to controls. In conclusion, we have shown that local expression of an anti-inflammatory agent blocks disease development without causing demonstrable systemic immune function changes. This is encouraging for the potential development of safe adoptive cellular therapies to treat autoimmunity.
View details for DOI 10.1038/sj.gt.3301980
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Interaction of HLA-DR with an acidic face of HLA-DM disrupts sequence-dependent interactions with peptides
2003; 19 (2): 183-192
HLA-DM (DM) edits major histocompatibility complex class II (MHCII)-bound peptides in endocytic compartments and stabilizes empty MHCII molecules. Crystal structures of DM have revealed similarity to MHCII but not how DM and MHCII interact. We used mutagenesis to map a MHCII-interacting surface on DM. Mutations on this surface impair DM action on HLA-DR and -DP in cells and DM-dependent peptide loading in vitro. The orientation of DM and MHCII predicted by these studies guided design of soluble DM and DR molecules fused to leucine zippers via their beta chains, resulting in stable DM/DR complexes. Peptide release from the complexes was fast and only weakly sequence dependent, arguing that DM diminishes the selectivity of the MHCII groove. Analysis of soluble DM action on soluble DR/peptide complexes corroborates this conclusion.
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Polyclonal antibodies to xenogeneic endothelial cells induce apoptosis and block support of tumor growth in mice
2003; 21 (19-20): 2667-2677
In this study, we demonstrate that vaccination of rabbits with murine endothelial cells yields polyclonal immunoglobulin (IgG) with potent antiangiogenic activity. The mechanism of this response appears to be through apoptosis of endothelial cells in vitro. Induction of polyclonal IgG in a xenogeneic host may be useful in passive immunotherapy of a variety of cancers. In fact, the antibody showed antitumor activity in three mouse tumor models (murine B16F10 melanoma, murine SVR angiosarcoma, and human DLD-1 colorectal adenocarcinoma). The polyclonal antibody generated here demonstrated utility in radioimaging of tumors in vivo, using positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, and suggested an antitumor effect in vivo. The results suggest that the antitumor effect in vivo may be related to antiangiogenic effects. Furthermore, anti-endothelial cell antibodies such as these could be useful reagents in isolating specific targets that comprise and induce the antiangiogenic effect.
View details for DOI 10.1016/S0264-410X(02)00693-X
View details for Web of Science ID 000183100600059
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Retroviral technology - Applications for expressed peptide libraries
FRONTIERS IN BIOSCIENCE-LANDMARK
2003; 8: D603-D619
The cell is an extremely complex network of interactions between large numbers of molecules. Understanding this entire network and the information arising from it is an overwhelming and challenging task. Reverse genetics has given us the possibility to discover unknown interactions and their related pathways. With the help of peptide libraries, interactions between biomolecules can be disrupted or distorted and the signaling pathways where these proteins are involved, altered. Consequently, novel biological pathways can be discerned. The peptide libraries become a pool of shapes, some of them might behave as dominant effectors. With the use of retroviral transfer vectors those libraries can be expressed in a stable manner in the mammalian cell. A strong selection and screening process can finally lead to specific peptides. Novel high-throughput approaches might allow for the rapid creation of small-molecule switches in protein-protein interactions. Reverse genetics and as such the expression of small molecules that will have a specific biological outcome, can become an answer to our queries.
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Induction of anti-tumor immunity in mice using a syngeneic endothelial cell vaccine
2003; 23 (2B): 1165-1172
Tumor endothelium could represent a novel target for active and passive immunotherapies of cancer. Here, we show that endothelial cells can be used as a vaccine in mice. In this study, three endothelial cell vaccine preparations from syngeneic (SVR), allogeneic (ISOS-1) and xenogeneic (ISO-HAS) sources were used to vaccinate mice. All mice developed humoral immune responses to endothelial cells and showed lower basal serum VEGF levels (37-45% lower) compared with unvaccinated control mice. Mice receiving the syngeneic SVR vaccine showed substantial inhibition of tumor growth after B16F10 melanoma challenge (50% of the mice in this group were tumor-free). The tumors that developed in the few mice in the syngeneic group had lower microvessel density counts (4-5 fold) compared with the other groups. The data suggests an in vivo antiangiogenic effect as the potential mechanism for the anti-cancer effect. In summary, further studies using other tumor models to demonstrate broad protection of this novel type of antiangiogenic vaccine are warranted.
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Treatment of autoimmune disease by adoptive cellular gene therapy
MYASTHENIA GRAVIS AND RELATED DISORDERS
2003; 998: 512-519
Autoimmune disorders represent inappropriate immune responses directed at self-tissue. Antigen-specific CD4+ T cells and antigen-presenting dendritic cells (DCs) are important mediators in the pathogenesis of auto-immune disease and thus are ideal candidates for adoptive cellular gene therapy, an ex vivo approach to therapeutic gene transfer. Using retrovirally transduced cells and luciferase bioluminescence, we have demonstrated that primary T cells, T cell hybridomas, and DCs rapidly and preferentially home to the sites of inflammation in animal models of multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and diabetes. These cells, transduced with retroviral vectors to drive expression of various "regulatory proteins" such as IL-4, IL-10, IL-12p40, and anti-TNF scFv, deliver these immunoregulatory proteins to the inflamed lesions, providing therapy for experimental autoimmune encephalitis (EAE), collagen-induced arthritis (CIA), and nonobese diabetic mice (NOD).
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View details for PubMedID 14592922
Expression from second-generation feline immunodeficiency virus vectors is impaired in human hematopoietic cells
2002; 6 (5): 645-652
Vectors based on the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) have been developed as an alternative to those based on another lentivirus, human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1), because of theoretical safety advantages. We compared the efficiency of gene transfer and expression in human and feline hematopoietic progenitors using second-generation HIV-1 and FIV-based vectors. Vector pairs were tested using either human cytomegalovirus or murine phospho-glycerate kinase (PGK) internal promoters and were pseudotyped with the vesicular stomatitis virus G protein (VSV-G). Vector proviral copy numbers were similar in human and feline hematopoietic primary cells and cell lines transduced by HIV-1 or FIV vectors, demonstrating that both vectors are able to transfer genes efficiently to these cell types. HIV-1 vectors were well expressed in human primary hematopoietic cells and cell lines. However, transgene expression from FIV vectors was almost undetectable in human hematopoietic cells. In contrast, the FIV vector was expressed well in primary hematopoietic feline cells and human non-hematopoietic cells, demonstrating that low transgene expression from the FIV vector is a phenomenon specific to human hematopoietic cells. Northern blot analysis demonstrated decreased vector transcript levels in human CEM cells transduced with FIV relative to cells transduced with HIV-1, despite high vector copy numbers. No evidence of vector transcript instability was seen in studies of transduced CEM cells treated with actinomycin D. We conclude that FIV vectors can transfer genes into human hematopoietic cells as effectively as HIV-1 vectors, but that unknown elements in the current FIV backbone inhibit expression from FIV vectors in human hematopoietic cells.
View details for DOI 10.1006/mthe.2002.0725
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Efficient transduction of pancreatic islets by feline immunodeficiency virus vectors
2002; 74 (3): 299-306
Pancreatic islets transplanted into immunocompetent diabetic subjects are rapidly lost to apoptotic or lytic death or both. Genetic engineering of islets before transplantation with protective genes may enhance their posttransplantation survival. Accomplishing this goal requires the development of a safe, efficient vector for islet gene delivery.The ability of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) vectors to transfer a green fluorescent protein (GFP) gene to NIT-1 cells and primary islets was measured and compared with murine leukemia virus (MLV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) vectors. Islets were examined using confocal microscopy to determine the extent and pattern of infection. Toxicity of the procedure was assessed via measurement of glucose stimulation indices and by reversion of diabetic mice using either FIV-infected or control islet transplants.FIV effectively transduces islets with no untoward effect on the insulin secretion capacity of the beta cells. When FIV, HIV, and MLV GFP vectors were standardized to the same 293 cell titer and used to infect NIT-1 cells or whole islets, the FIV transduced equal or greater numbers of cells relative to the HIV vector and significantly more than the MLV vector. Islets transduced with FIV GFP were transplanted in a murine model for diabetes and were shown to revert diabetes and express GFP 4 weeks after transduction and 3 weeks after transplantation.FIV transduction is a nontoxic and efficient method to genetically modify pancreatic islets and may prove promising for delivering genes to augment islet survival after transplantation.
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Functional cloning of SPIN-2, a nuclear anti-apoptotic protein with roles in cell cycle progression
2002; 16 (8): 1507-1518
The balance between hematopoietic cell viability and apoptosis is regulated by exogenous growth factors, however, the molecular mechanisms by which these trophic factors exert their effects remain obscure. A functional retroviral cDNA library-based screen was employed to identify genes that prevent growth factor withdrawal-mediated apoptosis in the myeloid progenitor cell 32Dcl3. This approach identified three classes of genes: those with known roles in apoptosis (bcl-X(L) and ornithine decarboxylase); genes previously identified but not linked directly to apoptotic signaling (O-linked N-acetylglucosamine transferase); and a previously uncharacterized gene we termed SPIN-2. In 32Dcl3 cells, expression of exogenous SPIN-2 provides 25% protection from apoptosis following growth factor withdrawal compared to controls which show approximately 1-2% survival. SPIN-2 overexpression slows cell growth rates and increases the percentage of cells in G(2)/M (32% vs control cells at 12%). Immunolocalization studies indicate that myc-epitope tagged SPIN-2 proteins, which retain their anti-apoptotic function, reside in the nucleus, whereas a C-terminal deletion mutant that loses its anti-apoptotic activity is located in the cytoplasm. These studies suggest that SPIN-2 is a novel nuclear protein that functions to regulate cell cycle progression and this activity is related to the inhibition of apoptosis following the removal of essential growth factors.
View details for DOI 10.1038/sj.leu.2402557
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Recognizing a something when your library sees it
CHEMISTRY & BIOLOGY
2002; 9 (6): 670-672
Advances are needed in random-display technologies to more tightly link drug actions and functions to the genes that control physiological processes. The reports discussed here explore two sides of these issues-generating new library formats and identifying the targets of drug ligands.
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Motexafin gadolinium (Gd-Tex) selectively induces apoptosis in HIV-1 infected CD4+T helper cells
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
2002; 99 (4): 2270-2274
Here, we show that motexafin gadolinium (Gd-Tex), a compound that promotes intracellular oxidative stress, selectively induces apoptosis in HIV-1-infected CD4(+) T cells in IL-2-stimulated cultures of peripheral blood mononuclear cells infected in vitro with HIV-1. This selective induction of apoptosis, which we detect by FACS analysis of intracellular HIV/p24 and concomitant surface and apoptosis marker expression, is abrogated by the glutathione precursor, N-acetyl-l-cysteine. Importantly, it occurs at Gd-Tex concentrations that are not cytotoxic to uninfected cells in the culture. These findings suggest that Gd-Tex may have therapeutic utility as an anti-HIV agent capable of selectively targeting and removing HIV-infected cells in an infected host.
View details for DOI 10.1073/pnas.261711499
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- Nonprimate lentiviral vectors LENTIVIRAL VECTORS 2002; 261: 75-105
Recombinant feline immunodeficiency virus vectors. Preparation and use.
Methods in molecular medicine
2002; 69: 335-350
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- Genetic selection and the lure of SIN - A rapid method for exploring gene function uses alphavirus expression cloning. NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY 2001; 19 (9): 824-825
A functional screen for genes inducing epidermal growth factor autonomy of human mammary epithelial cells confirms the role of amphiregulin
2001; 20 (30): 4019-4028
To gain better understanding of the molecular alterations responsible for the aggressive growth potential of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-positive breast cancers, we utilized an expression cloning strategy to seek gene products that mediate the EGF-independent growth of human breast cancer cells. A retroviral cDNA expression library was constructed from the EGFR-positive SUM-149PT cell line, and transduced into growth factor-dependent human mammary epithelial (HME) cells. Recipient cells were functionally selected for their ability to proliferate in serum-free, EGF-free medium. Library cDNAs were recovered from EGF-independent colonies by PCR amplification or by biological rescue. Clone H55a#1 contained a library insert encoding amphiregulin. This EGFR ligand was able to confer EGF independence when transduced into HME cells. SUM-149PT and H55a#1 cells overexpressed amphiregulin transcripts, and secreted moderate EGF-like activity in conditioned media, indicating a possible autocrine loop. EGFR membrane levels and constitutive phosphorylation were consistent with this hypothesis, as well as the sensitivity of the cells to an ErbB-specific kinase inhibitor. Expression of the WT1 Wilms' tumor suppressor gene, a transcriptional activator of amphiregulin, did not parallel amphiregulin transcript levels, suggesting that another factor regulates amphiregulin in SUM-149PT. Our data confirm the importance of amphiregulin in the etiology of breast cancer.
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Rapid production of retroviruses for efficient gene delivery to mammalian cells using 293T cell-based systems.
Current protocols in immunology / edited by John E. Coligan ... [et al.]
2001; Chapter 10: Unit 10 17C-?
This unit details the applications of one of the more common retroviral packaging systems, based on the highly transfectable 293T cell. The packaging system employs the use of the Phoenix cell lines. Calcium phosphate-mediated transfection is described for efficient introduction of retroviral vector plasmid DNA into the cells to generate high yields of virion-containing supernatant. An alternate protocol describes a method for transfecting retroviruses that contain a vesicular stomatitis virus G (VSV G) protein. Such virions are said to be "pseudotyped" with VSV G glycoprotein. Support protocols provide a simple method for concentrating VSV-G-pseudotyped retroviruses, as well as methods for culturing, cryopreserving, thawing, and drug selecting the Phoenix packaging cell lines. Finally, several methods for transfecting adherent or suspension cells with retroviruses are described.
View details for DOI 10.1002/0471142735.im1017cs31
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Combination angiostatin and endostatin gene transfer induces synergistic antiangiogenic activity in vitro and antitumor efficacy in leukemia and solid tumors in mice
2001; 3 (2): 186-196
Angiostatin and endostatin are potent endothelial cell growth inhibitors that have been shown to inhibit angiogenesis in vivo and tumor growth in mice. However, tumor shrinkage requires chronic delivery of large doses of these proteins. Here we report synergistic antitumor activity and survival of animals when these factors are delivered in combination to tumors by retroviral gene transfer. We have demonstrated this efficacy in both murine leukemia and melanoma models. Complete loss of tumorigenicity was seen in 40% of the animals receiving tumors transduced by the combination of angiostatin and endostatin in the leukemia model. The synergy was also demonstrated in vitro on human umbilical vein endothelial cell differentiation and this antiangiogenic activity may suggest a mechanism for the antitumor activity in vivo. These findings imply separate pathways by which angiostatin and endostatin mediate their antiangiogenic effects. Together, these data suggest that a combination of antiangiogenic factors delivered by retroviral gene transfer may produce synergistic antitumor effects in both leukemia and solid tumors, thus avoiding long-term administration of recombinant proteins. The data also suggest that novel combinations of antiangiogenic factors delivered into tumors require further investigation as therapeutic modalities.
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Retroviral transduction of a T cell receptor specific for an Epstein-Barr virus-encoded peptide
2001; 98 (2): 220-228
The Type II EBV malignancies nasopharyngeal carcinoma and EBV(+) Hodgkin's disease express three subdominant antigens, latency membrane protein (LMP) 1, LMP2, and EBNA-1. While adoptive immunotherapy with T cell lines for Type III EBV malignancy (such as posttransplant lymphoma, PTLD, which expresses the immunodominant EBNA-3 antigens) has been used to prevent and treat PTLD, the generation of class I MHC-restricted CTL suitable for the immunotherapy of Type II EBV malignancy is difficult. This is primarily due to the lack of anti-LMP or EBNA-1 CTL activity in many healthy volunteers. We have engineered, by retroviral transduction of the TCR, CTL that have the potential to recognize subdominant EBV latency antigens. Using the SAMEN retroviral vector we demonstrate the ability to transfer CTL activity from a LMP2 peptide-specific CTL clone to a stimulated PBMC population. TCR-transduced PBMC also secrete IFN-gamma upon coculture with LMP2 targets and maintain expression of the transduced TCR during subsequent mitogenic expansion.
View details for DOI 10.1006/clim.2000.4977
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Statin-AE: a novel angiostatin-endostatin fusion protein with enhanced antiangiogenic and antitumor activity.
2001; 4 (4): 263-268
The combination of angiostatin and endostatin has been shown to have synergistic antiangiogenic and antitumor effects when the genes for these proteins are delivered to tumor cells by retroviral gene transfer. Here we report the construction of a murine angiostatin-endostatin fusion gene (Statin-AE) which shows enhanced antiangiogenic activity on human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) tube formation in vitro compared with angiostatin or endostatin alone. Similarly, the fusion gene demonstrates antiangiogenic effects in vivo and antitumor activity in a B16F10 melanoma model when co-delivered by retroviral packaging cell inoculation in mice. The fusion gene demonstrates significantly greater inhibition of tumor growth compared with angiostatin, endostatin or the combination of genes.
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Wnt signaling is required for thymocyte development and activates Tcf-1 mediated transcription
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY
2001; 31 (1): 285-293
T cell factor / lymphocyte enhancer factor (Tcf/Lef) transcription factors complex with the transcriptional co-activator beta-catenin to transduce Wnt signals in a variety of developmental systems. The prototypic family member Tcf-1 is highly expressed in T lineage cells. Tcf1-/- mice are defective in cell cycling of early thymocyte stages. Here, we show that the interaction of beta-catenin with Tcf-1 is required for full thymocyte development. This interaction may be established by signals mediated by Wnt1 and Wnt4, leading to increased Tcf-dependent transcriptional activity in thymocytes, as demonstrated in Tcf-LacZ reporter mice. Transduction of fetal thymocytes with Wnt1 and Wnt4 results in increased survival in an in vitro cell culture system. Retroviral expression of soluble Wnt receptor mutants that block Wnt signaling inhibits thymocyte development. These results imply an important role for the Wnt cascade in thymocyte development.
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Neurotrophin dependence domain - A domain required for the mediation of apoptosis by the p75 neurotrophin receptor
JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR NEUROSCIENCE
2000; 15 (3): 215-229
The mechanisms underlying neurotrophin dependence, and cellular dependent states in general, are unknown. We show that a 29 amino acid region in the intracellular domain of the common neurotrophin receptor, p75NTR, is required for the mediation of apoptosis by p75NTR. Furthermore, contrary to results obtained with Fas, monomeric p75NTR is required for apoptosis induction, whereas multimerization inhibits the pro-apoptotic effect. Within the 29-residue domain required for apoptosis induction by p75NTR, a 14-residue region is sufficient as a peptide inducer of apoptosis. This 14-residue peptide requires the positively charged carboxyterminal residues for its effect on cell death, and these same residues are required by the full-length p75NTR. These studies define a novel type of domain that mediates neurotrophin dependence, and suggest that other cellular dependent states may be mediated by proteins displaying similar domains.
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Expression of a peptide binding to receptor for activated C-kinase (RACK1) inhibits phorbol myristoyl acetate-stimulated phospholipase D activity in C3H/10T1/2 cells: dissociation of phospholipase D-mediated phosphatidylcholine breakdown from its synthesis
BIOCHIMICA ET BIOPHYSICA ACTA-MOLECULAR AND CELL BIOLOGY OF LIPIDS
2000; 1487 (2-3): 163-176
The C3H/10T1/2 Cl8 HAbetaC2-1 cells used in this study express a peptide with a sequence shown to bind receptor for activated C-kinase (RACK1) and inhibit cPKC-mediated cell functions. Phorbol myristoyl acetate (PMA) strongly stimulated phosphatidylcholine (PtdCho)-specific phospholipase D (PLD) activity in the C3H/10T1/2 Cl8 parental cell line, but not in Cl8 HAbetaC2-1 cells, indicating that full PLD activity in PMA-treated Cl8 cells is dependent on a functional interaction of alpha/betaPKC with RACK1. In contrast, the PMA-stimulated uptake of choline and its subsequent incorporation into PtdCho, were not inhibited in Cl8 HAbetaC2-1 cells as compared to Cl8 cells, indicating a RACK1-independent but PKC-mediated process. Increased incorporation of labelled choline into PtdCho upon PMA treatment was not associated with changes of either CDP-choline: 1,2-diacylglycerol cholinephosphotransferase activity or the CTP:phosphocholine cytidylyltransferase distribution between cytosol and membrane fractions in Cl8 and Cl8 HAbetaC2-1 cells. The major effect of PMA on the PtdCho synthesis in C3H/10T1/2 fibroblasts was to increase the cellular uptake of choline. As a supporting experiment, we inhibited PMA-stimulated PtdH formation by PLD, and also putatively PtdH-derived DAG, in Cl8 cells with 1-butanol. Butanol did not influence the incorporation of [(14)C]choline into PtdCho. The present study shows: (1) PMA-stimulated PLD activity is dependent on a functional interaction between alpha/betaPKC and RACK1 in C3H/10T1/2 Cl8 fibroblasts; and (2) inhibition of PLD activity and PtdH formation did not reduce the cellular uptake and incorporation of labelled choline into PtdCho, indicating that these processes are not directly regulated by PtdCho-PLD activity in PMA-treated C3H/10T1/2 Cl8 fibroblasts.
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Retroviral delivery of peptide modulators of cellular functions
2000; 1 (5): 438-447
Stable transduction of genetic material, in combination with sensitive methodologies for in vivo study of cell physiology, provides an opportunity to efficiently evaluate the functions of regulatory proteins. To dissect the minimal therapeutic function of such proteins, we have stably expressed protein microdomains as fusions, composed of short peptides, and detected specific subfunctions distinct from holoprotein function, using flow cytometry and other techniques. We demonstrate that retroviral delivery of the 24-amino-acid proliferating cell nuclear antigen-binding motif (p21C), derived from the C-terminus of the cell cycle inhibitor protein, p21, is sufficient to induce cell cycle arrest. Cells expressing this peptide motif reversibly execute both G1- and G2-checkpoint controls that are normally activated subsequent to interference with DNA synthesis. The p21C effect is distinct from results obtained with an intact p21 protein that also binds cyclin-CDK complexes and arrested cells exclusively at the G1/S transition. Thus, microdomains can exert unique biological effects compared to the parental molecules from which they were derived. To further evaluate the peptide delivery strategy, we analyzed the role of various kinases in IgE-mediated stimulation of mast cell exocytosis. Primary bone marrow-derived mast cells were transduced with retroviral constructs encoding short-kinase inhibitor motifs and analyzed by flow cytometry for effects on exocytosis. We found that a specific protein kinase A (PKA) inhibitor peptide suppressed IgE-mediated stimulation of mast cell exocytosis. This anti-exocytotic effect was mimicked by a small molecule inhibitor of PKA (KT5720). Thus, the ability to express protein microdomains can be a powerful means to subtly perturb cellular physiology in manners that reveal new paths for therapeutic intervention. We believe that such approaches might allow for new forms of gene therapy to become available.
View details for DOI 10.1006/mthe.2000.0063
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Targeting rare populations of murine antigen-specific T lymphocytes by retroviral transduction for potential application in gene therapy for autoimmune disease
JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY
2000; 164 (7): 3581-3590
CD4+ T cells are important mediators in the pathogenesis of autoimmunity and would therefore provide ideal candidates for lymphocyte-based gene therapy. However, the number of Ag-specific T cells in any single lesion of autoimmunity may be quite low. Successful gene transfer into autoantigen-specific CD4+ T cells would serve as an ideal vehicle for site-targeted gene therapy if it were possible to transduce preferentially the small number of autoantigen-specific T cells. In this study we have demonstrated that retroviral infection of CD4+ lymphocytes from either autoantigen-stimulated TCR transgenic mice, or Ag-activated immunized nontransgenic mice, with a retroviral vector (pGCIRES), resulted in the transduction of only the limited number of Ag-reactive CD4+ T cells. In contrast, polyclonal activation of the same cultures resulted in transduction of non-antigen-specific lymphocytes. Transduction of Ag-reactive CD4+ T cells with pGCIRES retrovirus encoding the regulatory genes IL-4 (IL4) and soluble TNF receptor (STNFR) resulted in stable integration and long-term expression of recombinant gene products. Moreover, expression of the pGCIRES marker protein, GFP, directly correlated with the expression of the upstream regulatory gene. Retroviral transduction of CD4+ T cells targeted specifically Ag-reactive cells and was cell cycle-dependent and evident only during the mitosis phase. These studies suggest that retroviral transduction of autoantigen-specific murine CD4+ T cells, using the pGCIRES retroviral vector, may provide a potential method to target and isolate the low frequency of autoantigen-specific murine CD4+ T cells, and provides a rational approach to gene therapy in animal models of autoimmunity.
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Efficient transduction of nondividing cells by optimized feline immunodeficiency virus vectors
2000; 1 (1): 31-38
Second- and third-generation three-plasmid vector systems, termed FELIX, were constructed from feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). To enhance vector production, the weak FIV long terminal repeat promoter was replaced with the human cytomegalovirus enhancer/promoter. To construct a minimal system in which Gag-Pol was the only viral protein present, the cytoplasmic transport element was used in place of the FIV Rev-RRE system to facilitate nuclear export of Gag-Pol and the transfer vector. Unconcentrated vector titers routinely exceeded 1 x 10(6) IU/mL for most constructs tested. Second- and optimized third-generation vectors were capable of efficiently infecting G1/S- and G2/M-arrested cells. FIV-based FELIX vectors transduced human dendritic cells, hepatocytes, and aortic smooth muscle with efficiencies similar to that of a control 3T3 cell line. All three of these primary cell types were transducible by both the second- and third-generation FELIX vectors, demonstrating that FIV Gag-Pol alone contains the determinants necessary for transduction of primary cells. In cross-packaging tests, we observed that HIV Gag-Pol does not substantially package FIV vectors; consequently, use of such vectors in human immunodeficiency virus-infected cells should not lead to efficient mobilization of the inserted gene. Thus, this FIV-based vector system offers high efficiency and stable delivery of genes to numerous nondividing and primary cell types, opening new avenues for biological inquiry into normal human cells.
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Retroviral and lentiviral gene therapy for autoimmune disease.
Current directions in autoimmunity
2000; 2: 167-188
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NF-kappa B to the rescue - RELs, apoptosis and cellular transformation
TRENDS IN GENETICS
1999; 15 (6): 229-235
The REL/NF-kappaB/IkappaB superfamily of signal transducers and transcription factors are paradigmatic of molecular mechanisms by which rapid responses in the immune system can be achieved. NF-kappaB proteins have been implicated in diverse processes such as the ontogeny of the immune system, immune responses to pathogens and, importantly, in contributions to the multistage processes of oncogenesis, as described in this review. NF-kappaB and its regulators, the IkappaBs, are linked to pro- and anti-apoptotic events as well as signaling systems contributing to cellular transformation. How are these disparate events controlled to effect normal and abnormal processes in cells? Here we explore a few of the many events in which NF-kappaB appears to participate and processes that integrate signals to control important stages of oncogenesis.
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Identification of RIP3, a RIP-like kinase that activates apoptosis and NF kappa B
1999; 9 (10): 539-542
The tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 (TNFR1) and the Fas receptor recruit complexes formed by the interactions between RIP kinase, TRADD, FADD and RAIDD - adaptor proteins that contain death domains - which in turn recruit other proteins to initiate signaling . To identify proteins associated with the TNF signaling pathway, we performed a yeast two-hybrid interaction screen using RIP as bait. We isolated a kinase, RIP3, which shares homology with the kinase domain of RIP and RIP2 (also known as Rick or CARDIAK). RIP3 could be co-immunoprecipitated with RIP, TRAF2 and TNFR1 in mammalian cells. The carboxy-terminal domain of RIP3, like that of RIP, could activate the transcription factor NFkappaB and induce apoptosis when expressed in mammalian cells. Interestingly, this region shares no significant sequence homology to the death domain of RIP, the caspase-recruiting domain (CARD) of RIP2  or any other apoptosis-inducing domain. As with RIP and RIP2, the kinase domain of RIP3 was not required for either NFkappaB activation or apoptosis induction. Overexpression of a dominant-negative mutant of RIP3 strongly inhibited the caspase activation but not the NFkappaB activation induced by TNFalpha. Therefore, RIP3 appears to function as an intermediary in TNFalpha-induced apoptosis.
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Analysis of genomic integrity and p53-dependent G(1) checkpoint in telomerase-induced extended-life-span human fibroblasts
MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY
1999; 19 (3): 2373-2379
Life span determination in normal human cells may be regulated by nucleoprotein structures called telomeres, the physical ends of eukaryotic chromosomes. Telomeres have been shown to be essential for chromosome stability and function and to shorten with each cell division in normal human cells in culture and with age in vivo. Reversal of telomere shortening by the forced expression of telomerase in normal cells has been shown to elongate telomeres and extend the replicative life span (H. Vaziri and S. Benchimol, Curr. Biol. 8:279-282, 1998; A. G. Bodnar et al., Science 279:349-352, 1998). Extension of the life span as a consequence of the functional inactivation of p53 is frequently associated with loss of genomic stability. Analysis of telomerase-induced extended-life-span fibroblast (TIELF) cells by G banding and spectral karyotyping indicated that forced extension of the life span by telomerase led to the transient formation of aberrant structures, which were subsequently resolved in higher passages. However, the p53-dependent G1 checkpoint was intact as assessed by functional activation of p53 protein in response to ionizing radiation and subsequent p53-mediated induction of p21(Waf1/Cip1/Sdi1). TIELF cells were not tumorigenic and had a normal DNA strand break rejoining activity and normal radiosensitivity in response to ionizing radiation.
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Growth inhibition and apoptosis due to restoration of E2A activity in T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells
JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE
1999; 189 (3): 501-508
Two models have been proposed for the molecular mechanism by which the Tal1 oncogene causes T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). The activation model suggests that Tal1 as heterodimers with the E2A transcription factor activates the expression of oncogenes. The inhibition model postulates that Tal1 interferes with the tumor-suppressing function of E2A. In the Jurkat T cell line, originally derived from a patient with T-ALL, Tal1 is complexed with E2A proteins and the transcriptional activity of E2A is very low. When E2A activity was restored by expressing an E2A-Tal1 fusion protein, E-T/2, the Jurkat cells underwent growth arrest and subsequently apoptosis, thus supporting the inhibition model and suggesting that E2A loss may contribute to leukemic progression.
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Single cell analysis and selection of living retrovirus vector-corrected mucopolysaccharidosis VII cells using a fluorescence-activated cell sorting-based assay for mammalian beta-glucuronidase enzymatic activity
JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY
1999; 274 (2): 657-665
Mutations in the acid beta-glucuronidase gene lead to systemic accumulation of undegraded glycosaminoglycans in lysosomes and ultimately to clinical manifestations of mucopolysaccharidosis VII (Sly disease). Gene transfer by retrovirus vectors into murine mucopolysaccharidosis VII hematopoietic stem cells or fibroblasts ameliorates glycosaminoglycan accumulation in some affected tissues. The efficacy of gene therapy for mucopolysaccharidosis VII depends on the levels of beta-glucuronidase secreted by gene-corrected cells; therefore, enrichment of transduced cells expressing high levels of enzyme prior to transplantation is desirable. We describe the development of a fluorescence-activated cell sorter-based assay for the quantitative analysis of beta-glucuronidase activity in viable cells. Murine mucopolysaccharidosis VII cells transduced with a beta-glucuronidase retroviral vector can be isolated by cell sorting on the basis of beta-glucuronidase activity and cultured for further use. In vitro analysis revealed that sorted cells have elevated levels of beta-glucuronidase activity and secrete higher levels of cross-correcting enzyme than the population from which they were sorted. Transduced fibroblasts stably expressing beta-glucuronidase after subcutaneous passage in the mucopolysaccharidosis VII mouse can be isolated by cell sorting and expanded ex vivo. A relatively high percentage of these cells maintain stable expression after secondary transplantation, yielding significantly higher levels of enzymatic activity than that generated in the primary transplant.
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Local delivery of TNF by retrovirus-transduced T lymphocytes exacerbates experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis
1999; 90 (1): 10-14
Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is an inflammatory autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that serves as a model for the human disease multiple sclerosis. Paralysis is "induced" by CD4+ T cells of the Th1 phenotype. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF), a Th1 type cytokine, has been shown to be upregulated in the CNS during the onset of EAE, and systemic manipulations of TNF have had substantial effects on disease progression. However, the precise role of TNF in EAE has been called into question by recent experiments utilizing TNF and lymphotoxin knockout mice. We demonstrate here that the local delivery of TNF by myelin basic protein (MBP)-specific T cells, retrovirally transduced to express TNF, exacerbated MBP-induced disease following adoptive transfer into syngeneic mice.
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Generation of retroviral vector for clinical studies using transient transfection
HUMAN GENE THERAPY
1999; 10 (1): 123-132
Transient transfection of 293T cells was utilized to produce high-titer murine recombinant retroviral vectors for clinical studies. This system was initially optimized by gene transfer using different retroviral envelope proteins into activated human CD4+ T lymphocytes in vitro. Higher titer and infectivity were obtained than with stable murine producer lines; titers of 0.3-1 x 10(7) infectious units per milliliter for vectors encoding the green fluorescent protein (GFP) were achieved. Virions pseudotyped with envelope proteins from gibbon ape leukemia virus or amphotropic murine leukemia virus resulted in gene transfer of > or = 50% in CD4+ human T lymphocytes with this marker. Gene transfer of Rev M10 with this vector conferred resistance to HIV infection compared with negative controls in the absence of drug selection. Thus, the efficiency of transduction achieved under these conditions obviated the need to include selection to detect biologic effects in T cells. Finally, a protocol for the production of large-scale supernatants using transient transfection was optimized up to titers of 1.9 x 10(7) IU/ml. These packaging cells can be used to generate high-titer virus in sufficient quantities for clinical studies and will facilitate the rapid, cost-effective generation of improved retroviral, lentiviral, or other viral vectors for human gene therapy.
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Evolution of peptides that modulate the spectral qualities of bound, small-molecule fluorophores
CHEMISTRY & BIOLOGY
1998; 5 (12): 713-728
Fluorophore dyes are used extensively in biomedical research to sensitively assay cellular constituents and physiology. We have created, as proof of principle, fluorophore dye binding peptides that could have applications in fluorescent dye-based approaches in vitro and in vivo.A panel of Texas red, Rhodamine red, Oregon green 514 and fluorescein binding peptides, termed here 'fluorettes', was selected via biopanning of a combinatorial library of 12-mer peptides fused to a minor coat pIII protein of the filamentous bacteriophage M13. The 'best' fluorette sequences from each of the groups were subjected to further mutagenesis, followed by a second biopanning to select a new generation of improved fluorettes. Phage were selected that had higher avidity for each fluorophore except Rhodamine red. Of these, peptides were characterized that could specifically and with high affinity bind at least one dye, Texas red, in solution. In addition, the binding of certain peptides to Texas red shifted the peak excitation and/or the emission spectra of the bound dye.Peptides in the context of phage display could readily be selected that could bind to small-molecule fluorophores. The affinities of selected mutant fluorettes could be increased by mutation and further selection. Only a subset of the free peptides could bind free dyes in solution, suggesting that phage context contributed to the selection and ability of certain peptidic regions to independently bind the dyes. Future screens might lead to the creation of other dye-binding peptides with novel characteristics or Texas red derivatives with cross-linking substituents might be designed to increase the utility of the system.
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- Expression vectors and delivery systems - Editorial overview CURRENT OPINION IN BIOTECHNOLOGY 1998; 9 (5): 447-450
Local delivery of cytokines by retrovirally transduced antigen-specific TCR+ hybridoma cells in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis
EUROPEAN CYTOKINE NETWORK
1998; 9: 83-91
Autoimmune diseases in humans represent an immune attack on self tissue. Current therapies for almost all autoimmune diseases utilize potent and nonspecific immunosuppressive regimens. These therapies are complicated by their side effects and also place the patient at increased risk for opportunistic infections and malignancies. Our current understanding of immune mechanisms underlying autoimmune diseases remains limited. Ongoing studies include identifying genes that predispose an individual to developing autoimmunity, identification of autoantigens that trigger or perpetuate autoimmunity, and studies of immune cell interactions that lead to immune response. Although it may be many years before a full understanding of autoimmunity is obtained, treatment in animal models of autoimmune disease and some human clinical trials have begun to study alternative treatment approaches to therapy of autoimmune disease. Future therapies for autoimmune diseases should target the inappropriate autoimmune response. This article will describe the use of gene therapy in the treatment of autoimmune disease. We believe that autoimmunity can be ameliorated by delivering trans-acting immunoregulatory molecules by retrovirally transduced autoantigen specific T cells that home to lesions of autoimmunity. Until recently, there has not been a practical alternative to systemic delivery of immunoregulatory molecules, however systemic delivery suffers from toxic side effects and dangerous global immunosuppression. In order to study immune regulation using retroviral transduction for local delivery of immunoregulatory products, we used myelin basic protein (MBP) reactive T cell hybridomas in the murine model of multiple sclerosis (MS), experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE). In this report, we show that MBP reactive T cell hybridomas transduced to express IL-4 or TNF, ameliorated or exacerbated disease, respectively. Additionally, the effects of these cells were dependent on T cell receptor (TCR) expression, indicating that the effects were due to homing of the T cells and the local delivery of cytokines. We believe that gene therapy, allowing local delivery of immunoregulatory proteins by autoantigen specific T cells, represents an interesting potential therapy for autoimmune disease.
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Toso, a cell surface, specific regulator of Fas-induced apoptosis in T cells
1998; 8 (4): 461-471
Fas is a surface receptor that can transmit signals for apoptosis. Using retroviral cDNA library-based functional cloning we identified a gene, toso, that blocks Fas-mediated apoptosis. Toso expression was confined to lymphoid cells and was enhanced after cell-specific activation processes in T cells. Toso appeared limited to inhibition of apoptosis mediated by members of the TNF receptor family and was capable of inhibiting T cell self-killing induced by TCR activation processes that up-regulate Fas ligand. We mapped the effect of Toso to inhibition of caspase-8 processing, the most upstream caspase activity in Fas-mediated signaling, potentially through activation of cFLIP. Toso therefore serves as a novel regulator of Fas-mediated apoptosis and may act as a regulator of cell fate in T cells and other hematopoietic lineages.
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High-efficiency gene transfer and selection of human hematopoietic progenitor cells with a hybrid EBV/retroviral vector expressing the green fluorescence protein
1998; 58 (1): 14-19
We report a retroviral expression vector (PINCO) that allows high-efficiency gene transfer and selection of hemopoietic progenitor cells (HPCs). The main characteristics of this vector are the presence outside the two long terminal repeats of the EBV origin of replication and the EBNA-1 gene and the presence in the retrovirus of the cDNA that encodes for the enhanced green fluorescence protein (GFP), controlled by a cytomegalovirus promoter. Transient transfection of PINCO in Phoenix packaging cells results in episomal propagation of the plasmid and generates viral titers as high as 10(7) colony-forming units/ml. Infection of established cell lines with the PINCO retrovirus yields more than 95% GFP-expressing cells. GFP expression remains stable for months in infected cell cultures and can easily be monitored by fluorescent microscopy or fluorescence-activated cell-sorting (FACS) analysis of living cells. The PINCO vector allows efficient expression of a second gene (thymidine kinase, Shc, and PML), and there is strict correlation between GFP and second gene expression levels in the infected cells. PINCO was used to infect human HPCs; infection efficiency was about 50%. GFP-positive cells can be FACS sorted to yield a homogeneous population of infected cells. FACS-sorted GFP-positive HPC cells have, with respect to unfractionated HPC cells, the same frequency of long-term culture initiating cells and an identical capacity to undergo multilineage and unilineage differentiation. The entire gene transfer procedure, from the transfection of the packaging cell line to the infection of target cells, requires less than a week. The high viral titer and the easy obtainment of homogeneously infected cell populations without drug selection procedures make PINCO an ideal vector for gene transfer of human primary hemopoietic cells.
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Inhibition of T cell and promotion of natural killer cell development by the dominant negative helix loop helix factor Id3
JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE
1997; 186 (9): 1597-1602
Bipotential T/natural killer (NK) progenitor cells are present in the human thymus. Despite their bipotential capacity, these progenitors develop predominantly to T cells in the thymus. The mechanisms controlling this developmental choice are unknown. Here we present evidence that a member(s) of the family of basic helix loop helix (bHLH) transcription factors determines lineage specification of NK/T cell progenitors. The natural dominant negative HLH factor Id3, which blocks transcriptional activity of a number of known bHLH factors, was expressed in CD34+ progenitor cells by retrovirus-mediated gene transfer. Constitutive expression of Id3 completely blocks development of CD34+ cells into T cells in a fetal thymic organ culture (FTOC). In contrast, development into NK cells in an FTOC is enhanced. Thus, the activity of a bHLH transcription factor is necessary for T lineage differentiation of bipotential precursors, in the absence of which a default pathway leading to NK cell development is chosen. Our results identify a molecular switch for lineage specification in early lymphoid precursors of humans.
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Engineered virus targets HIV-infected cells: interview with Garry Nolan, Ph.D. Interview by John S. James.
AIDS treatment news
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Introduction of soluble proteins into the MHC class I pathway by conjugation to an HIV tat peptide
JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY
1997; 159 (4): 1666-1668
Protection against most intracellular pathogens requires T cells that recognize pathogen-derived peptides in association with MHC class I molecules on the surface of infected cells. However, because exogenous proteins do not ordinarily enter the cytosol and access the MHC class I-processing pathway, protein-based vaccines that induce class I-restricted CTL responses have proved difficult to design. We have addressed this problem by conjugating proteins, such as OVA, to a short cationic peptide derived from HIV-1 tat (residues 49-57). When APC were exposed in vitro to such protein conjugates, they processed and presented the peptides in association with MHC class I molecules and stimulated CD8+ Ag-specific T cells. Moreover, Ag-specific CTLs were generated in vivo by immunizing mice with histocompatible dendritic cells that had been exposed to protein-tat conjugates.
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Local delivery of interleukin 4 by retrovirus-transduced T lymphocytes ameliorates experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis
JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE
1997; 185 (9): 1711-1714
Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is an inflammatory autoimmune disease of the central nervous system which serves as a model for the human disease multiple sclerosis. We demonstrate here that encephalitogenic T cells, transduced with a retroviral gene, construct to express interleukin 4, and can delay the onset and reduce the severity of EAE when adoptively transferred to myelin basic protein-immunized mice. Thus, T lymphocytes transduced with retroviral vectors can deliver "regulatory cytokines" in a site-specific manner and may represent a viable therapeutic strategy for the treatment of autoimmune disease.
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View details for PubMedID 9151908
Transglutaminase 1 delivery to lamellar ichthyosis keratinocytes
HUMAN GENE THERAPY
1996; 7 (18): 2247-2253
Therapeutic gene delivery in severe genetic skin disease may require production of a uniformly corrected population of cells capable of regeneration of normal skin elements when returned to the host. To achieve this, we have used lamellar ichthyosis (LI), a disorder of epidermal differentiation recently associated with defects in keratinocyte transglutaminase (TGase1), as a prototype. We have used a high-efficiency retroviral delivery approach to uniformly restore normal levels of TGase1 expression to primary keratinocytes from severely affected LI patients previously lacking TGase1. Delivered TGase1 was correctly targeted to membrane association and restored patient cell transglutaminase activity levels to normal. Corrected primary LI patient keratinocytes also demonstrated restoration of previously defective involucrin cross-linking and in vitro measures of cornification to levels found in normal cells. These results indicate that efficient TGase1 delivery to early passage keratinocytes can produce a population of corrected LI patient cells. The capability to produce such cells may provide a basis for future efforts at gene therapy for genetic skin disease.
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View details for PubMedID 8953315
NF-kappa B homodimer binding within the HIV-1 initiator region and interactions with TFII-I
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
1996; 93 (22): 12376-12381
We show that the binding of Rel p50 and p52 homodimers at sites within the transcriptional initiation region of HIV-1 provides for their ability to interact with other proteins that bind the initiator. The binding of one such protein, the initiator protein TFII-I, to the initiation region of HIV-1 is augmented in the presence of Rel p50 and Rel p52 homodimers. Consistent with this, in vitro Rel homodimers potentiate HIV-1 transcription in a manner dependent upon TFII-I. The findings suggest that Rel dimers may regulate HIV-1 transcription in two ways. First, through binding at the kappa B enhancer sites at (-104 to -80), NF-kappa B p50:p65 participates in classical transcriptional activation. Second, Rel dimers such as p50 or p52 might bind at initiator sequences to regulate the de novo binding of components of certain preinitiation complexes. These findings, and the existence of Rel binding sites at the initiators of other genes, suggest roles for Rel proteins in early events determining transcriptional control.
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View details for PubMedID 8901589
Identification of an oncogenic form of the thrombopoietin receptor MPL using retrovirus-mediated gene transfer
1996; 88 (4): 1399-1406
Thrombopoietin and its receptor (MPL) are important regulators of megakaryopoiesis. We have identified an activating mutation of MPL using a combination of a retrovirus-mediated gene transfer and polymerase chain reaction-driven random mutagenesis. This point mutation causes a single amino acid substitution from Ser498 to Asn498 in the transmembrane region and abrogates factor-dependency of all interleukin-3-dependent cell lines tested. Murine interleukin-3-dependent Ba/F3 cells expressing the mutated but not the normal form of MPL were tumorigenic when transduced into syngeneic mice. Analysis of intracellular signaling pathways indicated that the mutant MPL protein constitutively activated two distinct signaling pathways, SHC-Raf-MAPK and JAK2-STAT3/STAT5.
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View details for PubMedID 8695859
Simultaneous fluorescence-activated cell sorter analysis of two distinct transcriptional elements within a single cell using engineered green fluorescent proteins
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
1996; 93 (16): 8508-8511
Green fluorescent protein (GFP) is widely used as a reporter gene in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. However, the fluorescence levels of wild-type GFP (wtGFP) are not bright enough for fluorescence-activated cell sorting or flow cytometry. Several GFP variants were generated that are brighter or have altered excitation spectra when expressed in prokaryotic cells. We engineered two GFP genes with different combinations of these mutations, GFP(S65T,V163A) termed GFP-Bex1, and GFP(S202F,T203I,V163A) termed GFP-Vex1. Both show enhanced brightness and improved signal-to-noise ratios when expressed in mammalian cells and appropriately excited, compared with wtGFP. Each mutant retains only one of the two excitation peaks of the wild-type protein. GFP-Bex1 excites at 488 nm (blue) and GFP-Vex1 excites at 406 nm (violet), both of which are available laser lines. Excitation at these wavelengths allows for the independent analyses of these mutants by fluorescence-activated cell sorting, permitting simultaneous, quantitative detection of expression from two different genes within single mammalian cells.
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View details for PubMedID 8710900
Episomal vectors rapidly and stably produce high-titer recombinant retrovirus
HUMAN GENE THERAPY
1996; 7 (12): 1405-1413
The nuclear replication and retention functions of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) have been utilized here to maintain retroviral constructs episomally within human cell-based retroviral packaging lines. These hybrid EBV/retroviral constructs are capable of producing helper-free recombinant retrovirus as soon as 48 hr and for at least 30 days after transfection into 293T-based ecotropic and/or amphotropic retroviral packaging cells. Viral titers greater than 10(7) TU/ml were obtained after puromycin selection of transfected retroviral packaging cells. This episomal approach to retroviral production circumvents some limitations inherent in transient and chromosomally stable retroviral producer systems, affording reproducibly rapid, large-scale, stable, and high-titer retrovirus production.
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View details for PubMedID 8844199
Enzyme-generated intracellular fluorescence for single-cell reporter gene analysis utilizing Escherichia coli beta-glucuronidase
1996; 24 (4): 321-329
We report the development of a new fluorescence-activated cell sorter (FACS)-based reporter gene system utilizing the enzymatic activity of the E. coli beta-glucuronidase (gus) gene. When loaded with the Gus substrate fluorescein-di-beta-D-glucuronide (FDGlcu), individual mammalian cells expressing and translating gus mRNA liberate sufficient levels of intracellular fluorescein for quantitative analysis by flow cytometry. This assay can be used to FACS sort viable cells based on Gus enzymatic activity, and the efficacy of the assay can be measured independently by using a fluorometric lysate assay. Furthermore, both the beta-glucuronidase and the previously described E. coli beta-galactosidase enzymes have high specificities for their cognate substrates, allowing each reporter gene to be measured by FACS independently.
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View details for PubMedID 8866216
Rapid retroviral delivery of tetracycline-inducible genes in a single autoregulatory cassette
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
1996; 93 (11): 5185-5190
We describe a single autoregulatory cassette that allows reversible induction of transgene expression in response to tetracycline (tet). This cassette contains all of the necessary components previously described by others on two separate plasmids that are introduced sequentially over a period of months [Gossen, M. & Bujard, H. (1992) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 89, 5547-5551]. The cassette is introduced using a retrovirus, allowing transfer into cell types that are difficult to transfect. Thus, populations of thousands of cells, rather than a few clones, can be isolated and characterized within weeks. To avoid potential interference of the strong retroviral long terminal repeat enhancer and promoter elements with the function of the tet-regulated cytomegalovirus minimal promoter, the vector is self-inactivating, eliminating transcription from the long terminal repeat after infection of target cells. Tandem tet operator sequences and the cytomegalovirus minimal promoter drive expression of a bicistronic mRNA, leading to transcription of the gene of interest (lacZ) and the internal ribosome entry site controlled transactivator (Tet repressor-VP16 fusion protein). In the absence of tet, there is a progressive increase in transactivator by means of an autoregulatory loop, whereas in the presence of tet, gene expression is prevented. Northern blot, biochemical, and single cell analyses have all shown that the construct yields low basal levels of gene expression and induction of one to two orders of magnitude. Thus, the current cassette of the retroviral construct (SIN-RetroTet vector) allows rapid delivery of inducible genes and should have broad applications to cultured cells, transgenic animals, and gene therapy.
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View details for PubMedID 8643550
EFFICIENT SCREENING OF RETROVIRAL CDNA EXPRESSION LIBRARIES
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
1995; 92 (20): 9146-9150
Expression cloning of cDNAs was first described a decade ago and was based on transient expression of cDNA libraries in COS cells. In contrast to transient transfection of plasmids, retroviral gene transfer delivers genes stably into a wide range of target cells. We utilize a simple packaging system for production of high-titer retrovirus stock from cDNA libraries to establish a cDNA expression cloning system. In two model experiments, murine interleukin (IL)-3-dependent Ba/F3 cells were infected with libraries of retrovirally expressed cDNA derived from human T-cell mRNA or human IL-3-dependent TF-1 cell line mRNA. These infected Ba/F3 cells were selected for the expression of CD2 by flow cytometry or for the alpha subunit of the human IL-3 receptor (hIL-3R alpha) by factor-dependent growth. CD2 (frequency, 1 in 10(4)) and hIL-3R alpha (frequency, 1 in 1.5 x 10(5)) cDNAs were readily detected in small-scale experiments, indicating this retroviral expression cloning system is efficient enough to clone low-abundance cDNAs by their expression or function.
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View details for PubMedID 7568090
ACTIVATION OF THE TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR NF-KB IN GH(3) PITUITARY-CELLS
MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR ENDOCRINOLOGY
1994; 106 (1-2): 9-15
Since several genes expressed in the pituitary can bind the transcription factor NF-KB, its presence and regulation was examined in the GH3 pituitary cell line. An electrophoretic mobility shift assay using nuclear extracts and an oligonucleotide probe corresponding to the Ig KB binding site was employed to identify activated NF-KB. One complex possessed properties characteristic of NF-KB: co-migration with an NF-KB complex and binding specificity restricted to NF-KB binding DNA sequences. Antibodies to the NF-KB subunits NFKB1p50 (p50) and RelA (p65) interacted with the extract-DNA complex. Activation of NF-KB in GH3 cells was increased by PMA or the cytokine tumor necrosis factor alpha. A synergy between PMA and TNF or a calcium mobilizing agent was seen in NF-KB activation. Further TNF activation was enhanced by TRH. These observations indicate the presence of NF-KB in GH3 cells and demonstrate its activation by hormones/second messengers that act on pituitary cells.
View details for Web of Science ID A1994PZ34100002
View details for PubMedID 7895918
THE P65-SUBUNIT OF NF-KAPPA-B REGULATES I-KAPPA-B BY 2 DISTINCT MECHANISMS
GENES & DEVELOPMENT
1993; 7 (7A): 1266-1276
Transcription factor NF-kappa B (p50/p65) is generally localized to the cytoplasm by its inhibitor I kappa B. Overproduced I kappa B, free from NF-kappa B, is rapidly degraded. Overexpression of p65 increases endogenous I kappa B protein in both carcinoma and lymphoid cells by two mechanisms: protein stabilization and increased transcription of I kappa B mRNA. In contrast, p65 delta, a naturally occurring splice variant, fails to markedly augment I kappa B protein levels. Both overexpressed p65 and coexpressed p50 are cytoplasmic, whereas p65 delta is partly nuclear, indicating that the I kappa B induced by p65 can maintain NF-kappa B in the cytoplasm. Thus, p65 and I kappa B are linked in an autoregulatory loop, ensuring that NF-kappa B is held in the cytoplasm until cells are specifically induced to translocate it to the nucleus.
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View details for PubMedID 8319912
THE CANDIDATE PROTOONCOGENE BCL-3 ENCODES A TRANSCRIPTIONAL COACTIVATOR THAT ACTIVATES THROUGH NF-KAPPA-B P50 HOMODIMERS
GENES & DEVELOPMENT
1993; 7 (7B): 1354-1363
The candidate proto-oncogene bcl-3 encodes a protein that shares structural features with I kappa B-alpha and other proteins that bind to members of the Rel protein family. Here, we show that in contrast to the inhibitory activity of I kappa B-alpha, the bcl-3 gene product superactivates NF-kappa B p50 homodimer-mediated gene expression both in vivo and in vitro. BCL-3 protein can, as well, selectively associate with p50 homodimers in the presence of DNA containing a kappa B motif. These results strongly suggest that BCL-3 can act as a transcriptional coactivator, acting through DNA-bound p50 homodimers.
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View details for PubMedID 8330739
THE NF-KAPPA-B P50 PRECURSOR, P105, CONTAINS AN INTERNAL I-KAPPA-B-LIKE INHIBITOR THAT PREFERENTIALLY INHIBITS P50
1992; 11 (8): 3003-3009
The p50 subunit of NF-kappa B is apparently synthesized as a precursor molecule of 105 kDa (p105); subsequent processing releases the amino-terminal p50 polypeptide with rel homology, DNA binding activity and transcriptional activation potential. The carboxy-terminal region of p105 contains seven copies of an ankyrin-related sequence previously found in several genes involved in differentiation and cell cycle control. Two proteins with I kappa B activity, MAD-3 and pp40, have been cloned and found to contain five obvious ankyrin repeats that align with those in the carboxy-terminus of p105. Both proteins target their inhibitory activity to the p65 subunit of NF-kappa B and to c-rel. Here we show that the bacterially expressed and purified carboxy-terminal region (CTR) of p105 abolishes the binding of p50 homodimers to a kappa B motif but minimally affects the binding of p65 homodimers and NF-kappa B. By contrast, MAD-3 inhibits the binding of p65 and NF-kappa B but not p50. Both the CTR and MAD-3 interact with their respective targets through physical association both in vitro and in vivo. The CTR can be expressed as an independent entity and thus may play two roles, as a cis inhibitor built into the p105 molecule and as a trans regulator of p50.
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View details for PubMedID 1639070
INDEPENDENT MODES OF TRANSCRIPTIONAL ACTIVATION BY THE P50-SUBUNIT AND P65-SUBUNIT OF NF-KAPPA-B
GENES & DEVELOPMENT
1992; 6 (5): 775-787
Recombinant subunits of the transcription factor NF-kappa B, p50 and p65, were analyzed both for binding to various kappa B motifs and in vitro activation. The subunits preferentially form a heterodimer that activates transcription. Although p50 and p65 bind DNA individually as homodimers and are structurally related, their activation mechanisms are distinct. p65 activates transcription by its unique carboxy-terminal activation domain. (p50)2 displays higher affinity DNA binding than (p65)2 for many distinct kappa B motifs and provides strong transcriptional activation only when adopting a chymotrypsin-resistant conformation induced by certain kappa B motifs but not others. Thus, (p50)2 acts as a positive regulator in vitro, consistent with its isolation as a putative constitutive regulator of MHC class I genes. Both subunits of NF-kappa B, therefore, contribute independently to provide regulation at given kappa B motifs.
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View details for PubMedID 1577272
IMPROVED FACS-GAL - FLOW CYTOMETRIC ANALYSIS AND SORTING OF VIABLE EUKARYOTIC CELLS EXPRESSING REPORTER GENE CONSTRUCTS
1991; 12 (4): 291-301
The previously reported FACS-Gal assay (Nolan et al., Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 85:2603-2607, 1988) measures E. coli lacZ-encoded beta-galactosidase activity in individual viable eukaryotic cells for a variety of molecular and cellular biological applications. Enzyme activity is measured by flow cytometry, using a fluorogenic substrate, which is hydrolyzed and retained intracellularly. In this system, lacZ serves both as a reporter gene to quantitate gene expression and as a selectable marker for the fluorescence-activated sorting of cells based on their lacZ expression level. This report details the following improvements of the original assay: 1) use of phenylethyl-beta-D-thiogalactoside, a competitive inhibitor, to inhibit beta-galactosidase activity; 2) reduction of false positives by two-color measurements; and 3) inhibition of interfering mammalian beta-galactosidases by the weak base chloroquine. We found an exponential relationship between fluorescence generated by beta-galactosidase in this assay and the intracellular concentration of beta-galactosidase molecules. Finally, we report conditions for optimal loading of the substrate (FDG) and retention of the product, fluorescein. Under these conditions, we found uniform loading of FDG in all cells of a clone in individual experiments. Together, these improvements make FACS-Gal an extremely powerful tool for investigation of gene expression in eukaryotic cells.
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View details for PubMedID 1905992
Use of Escherichiu coli (E. coli) lacZ (ß-Galactosidase) as a Reporter Gene.
Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
1991; 7: 217-235
Our understanding of the molecular mechanisms that govern gene expression has been facilitated by the ability to introduce recombinant DNA molecules into heterologous cellular systems both in vitro and in vivo. One approach to defining DNA sequences important in the regulation of gene expression is to place controlling elements (e.g., promoter/enhancer sequences) upstream of a DNA coding sequence, introduce these constructs into transgenic animals or cells in culture, and analyze the levels of gene product produced by the introduced construct. Ideally, such a reporter gene should encode a product that is stable, innocuous to the cell or organism in which it is being expressed, and should be readily detectable, even when present in small quantities.
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View details for PubMedID 21416358
SINGLE CELL ASSAY OF A TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR REVEALS A THRESHOLD IN TRANSCRIPTION ACTIVATED BY SIGNALS EMANATING FROM THE T-CELL ANTIGEN RECEPTOR
GENES & DEVELOPMENT
1990; 4 (10): 1823-1834
Stimulation of T lymphocytes through their antigen receptor leads to the appearance of several transcription factors, including NF-AT and NF-kappa B, which are involved in regulating genes required for immunologic activation. To investigate the activity of a single transcription factor in individual viable cells, we have applied an assay that uses the fluorescence-activated cell sorter to quantitate beta-galactosidase (beta-gal). We have analyzed the distribution of NF-AT transcriptional activity among T cells undergoing activation by using a construct in which three tandem copies of the NF-AT-binding site directs transcription of the lacZ gene. Unexpectedly, stimulation of cloned stably transfected Jurkat T cells leads to a bimodal pattern of beta-gal expression in which some cells express no beta-gal and others express high levels. This expression pattern cannot be accounted for by cell-cycle position or heritable variation. Further results, in which beta-gal activity is correlated with NF-AT-binding activity, indicate that the concentration of NF-AT must exceed a critical threshold before transcription initiates. This threshold likely reflects the NF-AT concentration-dependent assembly of transcription complexes at the promoter. Similar constructs controlled by NF-kappa B or the entire interleukin-2 enhancer show bimodal expression patterns during induction, suggesting that thresholds set by the concentration of transcription factors may be a common property of inducible genes.
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View details for PubMedID 2123468
A NOVEL FLUORESCENCE-BASED SYSTEM FOR ASSAYING AND SEPARATING LIVE CELLS ACCORDING TO VDJ RECOMBINASE ACTIVITY
MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY
1990; 10 (4): 1697-1704
We describe two retroviral vector-based recombination substrate systems designed to assay for lymphoid VDJ recombinase activity in cultured cells. Both substrates incorporate a constitutive dominant marker gene (the simian virus promoter-driven neo gene) to allow selection of cells that stably integrate the substrate. Both substrates also include a second marker gene that becomes transcriptionally active only when inverted by a site-specific recombination event between flanking immunoglobulin variable-region gene segments. The first vector, similar in structure to previous retrovirus-based recombination substrates, utilizes the bacterial guanine-xanthine phosphoribosyltransferase gene (gpt) as its activatable marker; detection of inversion (VDJ recombinase activity) involves drug selection and Southern blotting analyses. We have used this vector to make a more extensive and quantitative survey of VDJ recombinase activity in B-lineage cell lines than has previously been performed with stable substrates, and we have compared our results with those of other studies that use transient recombination substrates. In the second vector, the activatable gene is the bacterial beta-galactosidase gene (lacZ). Detection for inversional activation of this gene is achieved by a fluorogenic assay, termed FACS-Gal, that detects beta-galactosidase activity in viable cells. The latter assay has the unique advantage of rapidly detecting cells that undergo recombination and also allows viable sorting of cells on the basis of the presence or absence of VDJ recombinase activity. We have used the lacZ vector to rapidly quantitate VDJ recombinase activity in B-lineage cell lines and compared the results with those obtained with the gpt vector. We have also used the lacZ vector to isolate variant pre-B-cell lines with low and high levels of VDJ recombinase activity.
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View details for PubMedID 2320007
INSITU DETECTION OF TRANSCRIPTIONALLY ACTIVE CHROMATIN AND GENETIC REGULATORY ELEMENTS IN INDIVIDUAL VIABLE MAMMALIAN-CELLS
Using a newly developed FACS method for quantifying the expression of the Escherischia coli lacZ reporter gene in viable mammalian cells, we have obtained cloned cell lines in which the expression of lacZ is under the control of native endogenous transcription elements. We infected the murine pre-B cell 70Z/3 with transcriptionally disabled retroviruses containing lacZ and employed the FACS-FDG technique to detect and sort rare lacZ+ cells in which we expect integration is near such endogenous transcription elements. After two rounds of enrichment we obtained a population of cells that was 80-90% positive for lacZ activity. Clones derived from the lacZ+ pool differ from each other with respect to their overall level of lacZ activity as well as in the pattern of lacZ expression among cells within an individual clone. Treatment of these lacZ+ 70Z/3 clones with lipopolysaccharide (LPS; which is known to stimulate differentiation of 70Z/3 from a pre-B cell to an IgM-expressing B cell) greatly decreased lacZ expression in one clone, 7e17. lacZ expression in this clone was 50-100 times lower within 24 hr of LPS addition and coincided with the acquisition of IgM kappa on the surface of 7e17. This suggests that a transcriptionally active domain of chromatin that harbors the lacZ construct is down-regulated during the transition induced by LPS stimulation.
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View details for PubMedID 2807403
- TRANSCRIPTIONALLY DEFECTIVE RETROVIRUSES CONTAINING LACZ FOR THE INSITU DETECTION OF ENDOGENOUS GENES AND DEVELOPMENTALLY REGULATED CHROMATIN COLD SPRING HARBOR SYMPOSIA ON QUANTITATIVE BIOLOGY 1989; 54: 767-776
ISOLATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF THE GENE FOR THE MURINE T-CELL DIFFERENTIATION ANTIGEN AND IMMUNOGLOBULIN-RELATED MOLECULE, LYT-2
NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH
1987; 15 (10): 4337-4347
We present here the sequence of the 5310 base pair Hind III-cleaved genomic DNA segment that includes the gene for the Lyt-2, a murine differentiation antigen expressed on most immature T lymphocytes as well as the cytotoxic suppressor T cell subset. We also present the complete intron/exon structure of Lyt-2. There are five exons: a fused leader and immunoglobulin variable region like exon, a hinge region exon, a transmembrane exon and two alternatively spliced intracytoplasmic exons (alternative splicing of these exons yields the 38 kDa alpha and 34 kDa alpha' Lyt-2 polypeptides). The promotor region contains a "TATA" box and sequences homologous to the putative immunoglobulin transcriptional control elements cd/pd. S1 protection analysis reveals that thymocytes, T cells from lymph nodes, and a Lyt-2 transfectant obtained by introduction of total genomic DNA have the same initiation site. In the 3' region, there is a polyadenylation signal sequence after a 700 bp long 3' untranslated region.
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View details for PubMedID 3495785
MOLECULAR-WEIGHT DETERMINATION PROGRAM
NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH
1984; 12 (1): 695-702
A computer program is described that will determine the molecular weight of DNA, RNA or protein molecules separated according to size by gel electrophoresis. It uses the sizes and migration distances of known molecules in a reference lane to compute a second or third order equation whose curve best fits the data points. It then computes the sizes of all molecules from this equation. Migration distances are measured and entered using an analog tablet. The program is written in Apple Pascal and designed to run on an Apple II Plus computer.
View details for Web of Science ID A1984SA44800028
View details for PubMedID 6198629
PLASMID MAPPING COMPUTER-PROGRAM
NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH
1984; 12 (1): 717-729
Three new computer algorithms are described which rapidly order the restriction fragments of a plasmid DNA which has been cleaved with two restriction endonucleases in single and double digestions. Two of the algorithms are contained within a single computer program (called MPCIRC). The Rule-Oriented algorithm, constructs all logical circular map solutions within sixty seconds (14 double-digestion fragments) when used in conjunction with the Permutation method. The program is written in Apple Pascal and runs on an Apple II Plus Microcomputer with 64K of memory. A third algorithm is described which rapidly maps double digests and uses the above two algorithms as adducts. Modifications of the algorithms for linear mapping are also presented.
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View details for PubMedID 6320105
MASS CYTOMETRY TO COMPREHENSIVELY STUDY SINGLE CELL SIGNALING IN BIOLOGY AND DISEASE
WILEY-BLACKWELL. 2012: 376-377
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Characterization of Patient Specific Signaling via Augmentation of Bayesian Networks with Disease and Patient State Nodes
IEEE. 2009: 6624-6627
Characterization of patient-specific disease features at a molecular level is an important emerging field. Patients may be characterized by differences in the level and activity of relevant biomolecules in diseased cells. When high throughput, high dimensional data is available, it becomes possible to characterize differences not only in the level of the biomolecules, but also in the molecular interactions among them. We propose here a novel approach to characterize patient specific signaling, which augments high throughput single cell data with state nodes corresponding to patient and disease states, and learns a Bayesian network based on this data. Features distinguishing individual patients emerge as downstream nodes in the network. We illustrate this approach with a six phospho-protein, 30,000 cell-per-patient dataset characterizing three comparably diagnosed follicular lymphoma, and show that our approach elucidates signaling differences among them.
View details for Web of Science ID 000280543605113
View details for PubMedID 19963681
Local delivery of interleukin-4 by retrovirus-transduced lymphocytes ameliorates experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis.
MOSBY-ELSEVIER. 1997: 1976-1976
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Applications of retrovirus-mediated expression cloning
ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC. 1996: 324-329
We have recently established a novel expression cloning system using retroviral vectors. The system is based on a high-efficiency packaging cell line, BOSC23, and a simplified retroviral vector, pBabeX, carrying no selection marker. cDNA libraries, constructed in the pBabeX vector, are transiently transfected into BOSC23 cells. The supernatant contains more than 3X10(6)/mL, which would cover large complexities of cDNA libraries. The retrovirus stock gave 100% infection efficiency in NIH3T3 cells and 5-40% infection efficiency in various hematopoietic cell lines. In contrast to the conventional expression cloning system, in which it is necessary to transfect cDNA libraries transiently into particular cell types such as COS cells, retrovirus-mediated expression cloning allows us to transduce cDNAs into a wide variety of cell types. This method therefore makes it possible to select cells expressing a cDNA of interest by various functional assays. When combined with polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-driven random mutagenesis, this system is also useful in searching for mutations of various molecules that will result in alterations of their functions.
View details for Web of Science ID A1996TX75300035
View details for PubMedID 8641361
INSITU DETECTION OF STAGE-SPECIFIC GENES AND ENHANCERS IN B-CELL DIFFERENTIATION VIA GENE-SEARCH RETROVIRUSES
PLENUM PRESS DIV PLENUM PUBLISHING CORP. 1991: 187-200
We demonstrate that infection of an LPS-responsive pre-B cell line with transcriptionally-defective retroviruses containing a reporter gene (lacZ) can result in viral integrations where expression of lacZ is differentiation stage-dependent. Because expression of lacZ is dependent upon flanking cellular sequences these retroviral integrations represent in situ gene fusions with cellular enhancers (Enhsr1) and genes (Gensr1) which are either induced or repressed during LPS-stimulated differentiation. One of the well-documented effects of LPS upon pre-B cells is the induction of kappa light chain transcription via NF-kappa B. The identification of LPS-stimulated gene repression during B cell differentiation indicates that LPS has multiple effects upon gene expression during the pre-B to B cell transition. The identification of cellular enhancers and genes which are downregulated during the transition from the pre-B to the B cell stage indicates that other transcription factors, in addition to NF-kappa B, are required for this step in differentiation. Finally, we present some initial experiments which indicate the gene-search retroviruses can introduce expression of lacZ into normal hematopoietic cells in vitro and in vivo.
View details for Web of Science ID A1991BT82R00021
View details for PubMedID 1950769