Expression of genes encoding transferrin and the vitamin D-binding protein is described in a cell line, U-2 OS, derived from a human osteogenic sarcoma. The mRNA transcripts of transferrin and vitamin D-binding protein were shown to be the lengths of those found in normal human liver. The cells synthesize and secrete the transferrin and vitamin D-binding proteins, in addition to human albumin and ceruloplasmin. The U-2 OS cells were successfully transfected with chimeric genes carrying 670 bp of the 5′ regulatory sequence of the human transferrin gene fused to a reporter chloramphenicol acetyltransferase gene. These data indicate that the appropriate transcriptional factors required for expression of four plasma proteins are produced by U-2 OS nuclei and that the U-2 OS cell line will be useful for studies analyzing regulation of these genes.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Experimental Cell Research|
|State||Published - Feb 1990|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cell Biology