CFTR expression and activity from the human CFTR locus in BAC vectors, with regulatory regions, isolated by a single-step procedure

C. Auriche, E. G. Di Domenico, S. Pierandrei, M. Lucarelli, S. Castellani, M. Conese, R. Melani, O. Zegarra-Moran, F. Ascenzioni

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Abstract

We have assembled two BAC vectors containing a single fragment spanning the entire CFTR locus and including the upstream and downstream regions. The two vectors differ in size of the upstream region, and were recovered in Escherichia coli, with intact BAC DNAs prepared for structural and functional analyses. Sequence analysis allowed precise mapping of the inserts. We show that the CFTR gene was wild type and is categorized as the most frequent haplotype in Caucasian populations, identified by the following polymorphisms: (GATT) 7 in intron 6a; (TG) 11 T 7 in intron 8; V470 at position 470. CFTR expression and activity were analyzed in model cells by RT-PCR, quantitative real-time PCR, western blotting, indirect immunofluorescence and electrophysiological methods, which show the presence of an active CFTR Cl channel. Finally, and supporting the hypothesis that CFTR functions as a receptor for Pseudomonas aeruginosa, we show that CFTR-expressing cells internalized more bacteria than parental cells that do not express CFTR. Overall, these data demonstrate that the BAC vectors contain a functional CFTR fragment and have unique features, including derivation from a single fragment, availability of a detailed genomic map and the possibility to use standard extraction procedures for BAC DNA preparations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1341-1354
Number of pages14
JournalGene Therapy
Volume17
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

Keywords

  • BAC
  • CFTR expression
  • CFTR locus
  • Cl channel
  • P. aeruginosa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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