Hepatocytes contribute to soluble CD14 production, and CD14 expression is differentially regulated in hepatocytes and monocytes

J Biol Chem. 2000 Nov 17;275(46):36430-5. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M003192200.


CD14 presents as a glycosylphosphatidylinositol-linked membrane protein on the surface of monocytes/macrophages and as a soluble protein in the serum. Our previous studies have shown that an 80-kilobase pair (kb) genomic DNA fragment containing the human CD14 gene is sufficient to direct CD14 expression in a monocyte-specific manner in transgenic mice. In addition, we discovered that human CD14 is highly expressed in hepatocytes. Here, we report the generation of transgenic mice with either a 24- or 33-kb human CD14 genomic DNA fragment. Data from multiple transgenic lines show that neither the 24- nor the 33-kb transgenic mice express human CD14 in monocytes/macrophages. However, human CD14 is highly expressed in the liver of the 33-kb transgenic mice. These results demonstrate that human CD14 expression is regulated differently in monocytes and hepatocytes. Furthermore, we identified an upstream regulatory element beyond the 24-kb region, but within the 33-kb region of the human CD14 gene, which is critical for CD14 expression in hepatocytes, but not in monocytes/macrophages. Most importantly, the data demonstrate that the liver is one of the major organs for the production of soluble CD14. These transgenic mice provide an excellent system to further explore the functions of soluble CD14.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Line
  • Deoxyribonuclease I / metabolism
  • Gene Dosage
  • Gene Expression Regulation*
  • Genes, Reporter
  • Hepatocytes / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Lipopolysaccharide Receptors / biosynthesis
  • Lipopolysaccharide Receptors / blood
  • Lipopolysaccharide Receptors / genetics*
  • Lipopolysaccharide Receptors / metabolism*
  • Liver / metabolism
  • Mice
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Monocytes / metabolism*
  • Organ Specificity
  • Peptide Fragments / genetics
  • Peptide Fragments / metabolism
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism
  • Response Elements / genetics
  • Sequence Deletion
  • Solubility
  • Transfection


  • Lipopolysaccharide Receptors
  • Peptide Fragments
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Deoxyribonuclease I