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A gas-inducible expression system in HEK.EBNA cells applied to controlled proliferation studies by expression of p27(Kip1).

Werner, Nicola Susann and Weber, Wilfried and Fussenegger, Martin and Geisse, Sabine (2007) A gas-inducible expression system in HEK.EBNA cells applied to controlled proliferation studies by expression of p27(Kip1). Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 96 (6). pp. 1155-1166. ISSN 0006-3592

Abstract

We describe an efficient inducible gene expression system in HEK.EBNA cells, a well-established cell system for the rapid transient expression of research-tool proteins. The transgene control system of choice is the novel acetaldehyde-inducible regulation (AIR) technology, which has been shown to modulate transgene levels following exposure of cells to acetaldehyde. For application in HEK.EBNA cells, AlcR transactivator plasmids were constructed and co-expressed with the secreted alkaline phosphatase (SEAP) gene under the control of a chimeric mammalian promoter (P(AIR)) for acetaldehyde-regulated expression. Several highly inducible transactivator cell lines were established. Adjustable transgene induction by gaseous acetaldehyde led to high induction levels and tight repression in transient expression trials and in stably transfected HEK.EBNA cell lines. Thus, the AIR technology can be used for inducible expression of any desired recombinant protein in HEK.EBNA cells. A possible application for inducible gene expression is a controlled proliferation strategy. Clonal HEK.EBNA cell lines, expressing the fungal transactivator protein AlcR, were engineered for gas-adjustable expression of the cell-cycle regulator p27(Kip1). We show that expression of p27(Kip1) via transient or stable transfection led to a G1-phase specific growth arrest of HEK.EBNA cells. Furthermore, production pools engineered for gas-adjustable expression of p27(Kip1) and constitutive expression of SEAP showed enhanced productive capacity.

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Keywords: HEK.EBNA cells; AIR technology; inducible gene expression; acetaldehyde; genetic engineering; controlled proliferation; p27Kip1; cell-cycle arrest
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Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2009 13:57
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2009 13:57
URI: https://oak.novartis.com/id/eprint/581

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