Genetic transfer of a functional human interferon alpha receptor into mouse cells: cloning and expression of its cDNA

Cell. 1990 Jan 26;60(2):225-34. doi: 10.1016/0092-8674(90)90738-z.


A cDNA coding for the human interferon alpha receptor has been cloned using a gene transfer approach. This consists of transferring human DNA to mouse cells and selecting for cells sensitive to human interferon alpha. The transfected cells expressed the human interferon alpha receptor, and a 5 kb human DNA was isolated from a secondary transfectant. This DNA defects an mRNA present in human cells and was used to clone a 2.7 kb cDNA from a library constructed from human Daudi cells. The sequence of the cDNA is presented. It codes for a glycoprotein of 557 amino acids with an N-terminal hydrophobic region and a single transmembrane-spanning segment. Mouse cells expressing the cDNA become sensitive to the antiviral activity of and express binding sites for human interferon alpha, demonstrating that the cloned cDNA encodes a functional human interferon alpha receptor.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Blotting, Northern
  • Blotting, Southern
  • Cell Line
  • Cloning, Molecular*
  • DNA / genetics*
  • Encephalomyocarditis virus / drug effects
  • Gene Expression*
  • Genes*
  • Humans
  • Interferon Type I / metabolism*
  • Interferon Type I / pharmacology
  • Interferon-gamma / pharmacology
  • Kinetics
  • Mice
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Protein Conformation
  • Receptors, Immunologic / genetics*
  • Receptors, Immunologic / metabolism
  • Receptors, Interferon
  • Transfection*
  • Vesicular stomatitis Indiana virus / drug effects


  • Interferon Type I
  • Receptors, Immunologic
  • Receptors, Interferon
  • Interferon-gamma
  • DNA

Associated data

  • GENBANK/J03171