, Volume 47, Issue 1-3, pp 172-178
Date: 13 Jan 2010

Transcriptional target-based expression cloning of immunoregulatory molecules

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Abstract

Immunologic research has benefited tremendously from expression-cloning strategies designed to isolate genes responsible for a wide variety of immunomodulatory activities, including cytokines, receptors, signaling proteins, and transcription factors. Here, we discuss the use of expression-cloning strategies that have been modified to detect cDNAs that influence gene expression as assayed by a transcriptional reporter. We summarize our experience with these screens, review important parameters, and discuss potential modifications.