The expression system of biologically active canine interleukin-8 in Leishmania promastigotes

Toshimitsu Hatabu, Yasunobu Matsumoto, Shin Ichiro Kawazu, Yuko Nakamura, Tsugihiko Kamio, Hong Gang Lu, Kwang Poo Chang, Yoshihisa Hashiguchi, Shigeyuki Kano, Takashi Onodera, Yoshitsugu Matsumoto

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It has been reported that Leishmania promastigotes have ability to express foreign genes on drug selectable plasmids. To investigate further abilities of the recently described expression vector, P6.5, in the transfection of Leishmania organisms (Chen D-Q, Kolli BK, Yadava N et al. Episomal expression of specific sense and antisense mRNAs in Leishmania amazonensis: modulation of gp63 levels in promastigotes and their infection of macrophages in vitro. Infect Immun 2000;68:80-86), the constructed expression vector, which contains canine interleukin-8 (cIL-8) coding cDNA, was introduced by electroporation to promastigotes of four species of the genus Leishmania: Leishmania amazonensis, L. equatorensis, L. donovani and L. infantum. Extrachromosomal DNAs and total RNAs from the transfected promastigotes were subjected to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and reverse transcriptase-PCR, respectively, using cIL-8 gene specific primers, and a predicted product of 330 bp was detected. Western blot analysis using a mouse monoclonal antibody raised against cIL-8 demonstrated the successful expression of cIL-8 in the transfectants and culture supernatants. Culture supernatants of the transfected L. amazonensis and L. equatorensis promastigotes showed a high chemotactic activity to both dog and mouse polymorphonuclear leukocytes. These results indicate that Leishmania promastigotes transfected with the expression vector P6.5 containing cIL-8 cDNA are capable of producing biologically active cIL-8. The Leishmania expression system using the P6.5 vector might be a useful alternative for the production of biologically active recombinant cytokines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-71
Number of pages9
JournalParasitology International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Interleukin-8
  • Leishmania
  • Polymorphonuclear leukocytes
  • Transfection
  • Tunicamycin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases


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