Journal article

EXPRESSION OF HUMAN PERFORIN IN A MOUSE CYTOTOXIC T-LYMPHOCYTE CELL-LINE - EVIDENCE FOR PERTURBATION OF GRANULE-MEDIATED CYTOTOXICITY

KYT THIA, MJ SMYTH, JA TRAPANI

Journal of Leukocyte Biology | FEDERATION AMER SOC EXP BIOL | Published : 1993

Abstract

Expression of the pore-forming protein perforin is normally restricted to the cytolytic granules of cytotoxic T lymphocytes and natural killer cells. Perforin, which causes cell death by osmotic lysis, has the ability to form transmembrane channels in target cell membranes. This function makes perforin crucial in the granule-exocytosis model of T cell-mediated cytotoxicity. In the present study, variants of the mouse cytotoxic T lymphocyte cell line CTLL-R8 have been produced which express human perforin. A full-length cDNA clone (HP-10) encoding human perforin was inserted in the sense orientation into the expression plasmid pCMV5neo. The resultant construct, designated pCMV5neoHP-10, was u..

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