The 5'-flanking region of the human CGL-1/granzyme B gene targets expression of a reporter gene to activated T-lymphocytes in transgenic mice

R. D. Hanson, G. M. Sclar, O. Kanagawa, T. J. Ley

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Abstract

The human CSP-B/CGL-1 gene is the homologue of the mouse granzyme B/CCPI gene and encodes a cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-specific serine protease. We have used regulatory sequences upstream from the CSP-B gene to drive human growth hormone gene expression in transgenic mice. Eleven founder mice were screened for transgene expression in activated T-cells. Expression was detected in 10 mice; levels of expression were integration site-dependent. The transgene was not expressed in resting lymphocytes but could be activated by treatment with concanavalin A or interleukin-2, indicating that CSP-B regulatory sequences are responsive to signals originating at either the T-cell receptor or the interleukin-2 receptor. Transgene expression was detected at the whole organ level only in lymph nodes and small intestine, where endogenous mouse CCPI mRNA was also present. The time course of transgene activation in T-lymphocytes was similar to that of the mouse CCPI gene. No differences in levels of expression of the transgene were observed in activated lymphocyte populations that had been depleted of either CD4+ or CD8+ cells; in contrast, the mouse CCPI gene was expressed primarily in CD8+ cells. Six CD4+ T-cell clones with Th0, Th1, or Th2 phenotypes were generated from a transgenic animal. All clones expressed moderate to high levels of the transgene, but only three clones expressed mouse CCPI, indicating that the transgene is disregulated in CD4+ T-cell subsets. The CSP-B regulatory unit represents a novel reagent for targeting gene expression to activated T-lymphocytes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24433-24438
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume266
Issue number36
StatePublished - Dec 1 1991

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