cAMP-activated chloride channels in a CFTR-transfected pancreatic adenocarcinoma-derived cell line, pANS6

A N Smith, C J Wardle, J P Winpenny, B Verdon, M A Gray, B E Argent, A Harris

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Pancreatic adenocarcinoma cell lines rarely express the CFTR gene, despite the high levels of CFTR protein that are present in primary pancreatic duct cells. We have attempted to generate a non-CF pancreatic adenocarcinoma cell line that stably produces high levels of CFTR mRNA and protein by transfecting a vector containing the CFTR cDNA, driven by a strong mammalian promoter, into the poorly differentiated pancreatic adenocarcinoma cell line, Panc-1. The pANS6 pancreatic duct cell line expresses substantial levels of CFTR mRNA, but little CFTR protein. Despite this we were able to detect low conductance chloride channels in 40% of patches, stimulated with cAMP, that have similar biophysical properties to CFTR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-20
Number of pages6
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 1995


  • Adenocarcinoma/genetics
  • Cell Line
  • Chloride Channels/chemistry
  • Cyclic AMP/pharmacology
  • Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator
  • Genetic Vectors
  • Membrane Proteins/biosynthesis
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms/genetics
  • Patch-Clamp Techniques
  • RNA, Messenger/analysis
  • Transfection
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured


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