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Bratislava Medical Journal Vol.117, No.10, p.609-613, 2016

Title: In vitro expression of HPV16 E7 linked to HMGB1 immunoadjuvant in mammalian cells
Author: S. Talebi, A. Bolhassani, T. Mokhtari Azad, A. Arashkia, M. H. Modaresi

Abstract: BACKGROUND: E7 is the major transforming protein of human papillomavirus (HPV) that plays important role in maintaining the proliferative state in HPV-infected cells. Furthermore, high mobility group 1 protein (HMGB1) is a highly conserved component of chromatin that can be secreted by macrophages and activated monocytes and thus functions as an inflammation mediator.
METHODS: In the current study, cloning of HMGB1 gene and also HPV16E7-HMGB1 was performed in pEGFP-N1 eukaryotic expression vector in order to evaluate their expression in mammalian cells. For this purpose, the HEK-293T cells were transfected by pEGFP-E7, pEGFP-HMGB1 and pEGFP-E7-HMGB1 using TurboFect delivery system. The levels of protein expression were assessed by flow cytometry and fluorescent microscopy at 48 hr after transfection, as well as by western blot analysis using anti-GFP polyclonal antibody.
RESULTS: Our data showed a clear band of ~ 684 bp and ~ 981 bp related to HMGB1 and E7-HMGB1 genes in agarose gel, respectively. The expression of HMGB1-GFP and E7-HMGB1-GFP proteins was confirmed for the bands of ~ 53 kDa and ~ 64 kDa in the transfected cells using western blot analysis, respectively. The linkage of HMGB1 gene to E7 could likely neutralize the negative charges of E7, thus a clear band of 64 kDa was detected instead of 76 kDa in western blot analysis. Moreover, the percentage of expression for E7-GFP, HMGB1-GFP and E7-HMGB1-GFP was 76 %, 55 %, and 52 %, in comparison with pEGFP-N1 (~82 %) as a positive control. Indeed, HMGB1 linked to HPV16 E7 gene decreased transfection efficiency of E7 DNA in HEK-293T cells.
CONCLUSION: Generally, the electrophoretic mobility of HPV16 E7 was changed due to the linkage of HMGB1 gene. Furthermore, the fusion protein could be efficiently expressed in mammalian cells for the next use in immunotherapy (Fig. 3, Ref. 51).

Keywords: high mobility group box 1, HEK-293T, pEGFP-N1, cell transfection
Published online: 07-Nov-2016
Year: 2016, Volume: 117, Issue: 10 Page From: 609, Page To: 613

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