Hela MHC type?

David Johnson david.johnson at yale.edu
Thu Jun 13 11:10:07 EST 2002


We typed (our) HeLa as HLA-A*6802, -B*1503 or -B*1537, and -Cw*1604 
using RT-PCR [Johnson and Mook-Kanamori, JBC 275 (22) 16643-9 (2000)]. 
These were the best matches from single sequencing runs of PCR amplified 
cDNAs, not rigorously checked.  HeLa have been serologically typed as 
HLA-A3, -A28, -Bw15, and Bw35 [Espmark et al Tissue Antigens 11:279-86 
(1978)] and genetically typed as HLA-A68 (a subtype of A28), -B75 (a 
subtype of B15) and NEGATIVE for B35 [Benham, Gromme and Neefjes, 
J.Immunol. 161:83-89 (1998)].

Obviously, these findings disagree.  You might consider HLA class I 
typing your own HeLa with the RT-PCR procedure that we described 
[Johnson, Biedermann and Mook-Kanamori, J. Immunol. Meth. 233:119-129 
(2000)].  It's very easy, quick, and requires only 4 primers.

I hope this helps.

John Ladasky wrote:
> iayork at panix.com (Ian A. York) wrote in message news:<adm38p$sfb$1 at reader1.panix.com>...
>>Does anyone know the MHC class I alleles expressed by HeLa cells?  I've 
>>found two HLA-A alleles associated with HeLa in Genbank, but I haven't 
>>found any of the HLA-B alleles.  Someone must have looked, somewhere, wome 
> Hi, Ian!
> We seem to encounter each other rather often in this newsgroup. 
> Perhaps one day we'll meet in person.  Where are you working these
> days?  Still with Kenneth Rock?
> I am also working with HeLa and would like to know its class I
> genotype.  A former lab member told me that HeLa has been serotyped,
> by someone, on two separate occasions.  As you might expect from
> serotyping, the results of the two tests did not quite agree.  Test #1
> indicated the presence of the serotypes A3, A28, and B35.  Test #2
> gave A68, B15, and B35.
> I just searched GenBank using the key words "HeLa" and "HLA."  I came
> up with the following IMAGE Consortium cDNA sequences from a
> Stratagene HeLa S3 cDNA library:
> Accession #AA191477 and #AA191113: Both resemble Cw*1202.  Clones may
> be full-length, but it does not appear that they were sequenced fully.
> Accession #AA190717: Resembles Cw*1401.  Again, it's short.
> Accession #AA488534: Again incomplete, but resembles A*3402.
> Accession #AA488401: Once more incomplete, but longer than the others.
>  Best match is A*2601.
> Some time next week, I will be visiting an Immunogenetics lab down at
> the Medical School here at Johns Hopkins.  They have copies of the
> International Histocompatibility Workshop books.  If someone has typed
> HeLa cells, maybe the information is there.  Alternately -- is there
> someone reading this who has ready access to an IHW book?  If you
> would share anything that the IHW might say about HeLa, that would be
> most helpful!
> --
> John J. Ladasky Jr., Ph.D.
> Department of Biology
> Johns Hopkins University
> Baltimore MD 21218
> Earth

David R. Johnson, Ph.D.
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