Expression and visualization of a human interferon-β-enhanced green fluorescent protein chimeric molecule in cultured cells

Masaru Nakamura, Masato Maruyama, Fumiyoshi Yamashita, Yoshinobu Takakura, Mitsuru Hashida, Yoshihiko Watanabe

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Abstract

We have constructed a recombinant cDNA encoding the chimeric protein between human IFN-β (HuIFN-β) and enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) to elucidate the intracellular localization of IFN-β. Transient expression of the chimeric molecule, HuIFN-β-EGFP, in L cells demonstrated that the chimeric molecule secreted from the cells had an intact biological activity as far as antiviral effect was concerned. Immunostaining of the transfected cells using anti-HuIFN-β antibody demonstrated that green-fluorescence was co-localized with the IFN signal and its profile was similar to IFN signals in the cells transfected with HuIFN- b expressing plasmid DNA. These results indicate that the HuIFN-β-EGFP chimeric gene was expressed as a chimeric protein and the chimera was transported via the regular secretory pathway in the cells. In other cell types, the fluorescence derived from the chimeric protein was also seen on cytoplasmic vesicular structures. These results suggest that HuIFN-β-EGFP will be a useful tool to investigate the intracellular trafficking processes of HuIFN-β in a variety of cell types.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-414
Number of pages4
JournalBiological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Confocal microscopy
  • Green fluorescence protein
  • Interferon-β
  • Intracellular localization
  • Secretory protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science

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