The Tetracycline Responsive System

  • Nasim Yousaf
  • David GouldEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1651)


Constitutive gene expression is not always the appropriate expression system because the unphysiological levels of expressed protein could be detrimental in studies examining biological roles of proteins, or continued expression may be unnecessary after therapeutic effects have been achieved in gene therapy. We have utilized pharmacologically regulated gene expression systems to achieve fine control of gene expression levels which facilitate research in basic biology and translates to use in experimental gene therapy studies. In this chapter, we outline the application of a tightly controlled tetracycline responsive gene expression system.

Key words

Gene expression Tetracycline-inducible system Cell transfection Western blotting Pharmacological Luciferase assay 



This work was supported by ARUK project grant 21210 “Sustained and Controllable Local Delivery of Anti-inflammatory Therapeutics with Nanoengineered Microcapsules.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bone and Joint Research Unit, William Harvey Research InstituteQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Biochemical Pharmacology, William Harvey Research InstituteQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUK

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