Generation of Model Cell Lines Expressing Recombinant G-Protein-Coupled Receptors

  • Emmanuel Hermans
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 259)


The molecular cloning of the cDNA sequences encoding most G-protein-coupled receptors, including those from humans, allows their study in a variety of recombinant systems. In this respect, transfected mammalian cell lines constitute the most frequently used model for investigating the pharmacological and biochemical properties of these receptors. Several protocols have been described (based on the use of calcium phosphate precipitation, DEAE dextran, cationic lipids, and electroporation), allowing their transient or stable expression in diverse cell lines. This chapter gives a brief overview of the different techniques and provides methodology for the generation of transiently transfected cells and for selection, isolation and maintenance of stable transfected cell lines.

Key Words

Butyrate calcium phosphate cationic phospholipids CHO cells COS cells DEAE dextran electroporation G-418 hygromycin B mammalian cells selection stable transfection transient 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emmanuel Hermans
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Experimental PharmacologyCatholic University of LouvainBrusselsBelgium

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