Author(s): Pan Y, Katula K, Failla ML
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Abstract The acute phase plasma protein ceruloplasmin (Cp) appears to play some role in host defense. The possibility that production of Cp in extrahepatic sites may also be essential for the activation, effector functions and cytoprotection of immune cells in localized environments has received minimal attention. Here, we have surveyed various types of human and rat immune cells for the presence of Cp mRNA using RT-PCR with primers that span exons 17-19 as an initial step in addressing this possibility. Validated Cp RT-PCR bands were obtained from RNA samples isolated from resting and activated human lymphocytes, CD4 and CD8 T-cells and B-cells. Semiquantitative RT-PCR indicated that Cp mRNA in immune cells is present at about 0.2\% the level of Cp mRNA in HepG-2 human liver cell line. Various human cell lines derived from the immune system, rat splenic MNC and purified rat T-lymphocytes also constitutively express Cp gene.
This article was published in Biochim Biophys Acta
and referenced in Journal of Veterinary Science & Technology