Transcriptional target-based expression cloning of immunoregulatory molecules
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- Lamason, R.L., Lew, S.M. & Pomerantz, J.L. Immunol Res (2010) 47: 172. doi:10.1007/s12026-009-8148-z
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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.