HEK-Blue™ IL-1β Cells
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Human & Mouse IL-1β Reporter Cells
3-7 x 10e6 cells
IL-1Beta Reporter Cells
HEK-Blue™ IL-1β cells were engineered from the human embryonic kidney HEK 293 cell line to detect bioactive interleukin-1β (IL-1β) by monitoring the activation of the NF-κB and AP-1 pathways. These cells are useful to monitor IL-1β secretion in inflammasome activation studies. They can also be used for screening anti-IL-1β antibodies.
IL-1β is an important mediator of the inflammatory response to infection and injury . It derives from a pro-protein that is produced by activated macrophages and cleaved by caspase-1 . The resulting mature IL-1β binds to the type 1 IL-1 receptor (IL-1R1) which requires the co-receptor IL-1R3 (also known as IL-1 receptor accessory protein) to transduce a signal. IL-1β signaling is mediated by MyD88 and leads to the activation of NF-κB and AP-1 .
HEK-Blue™ IL-1β cells respond to both human IL-1α and IL-1β, as these cytokines bind to the same receptor, IL-1R1. They also respond to a lesser extent to murine IL-1α and IL-1β. Of note, the response to human TNF-α has been blocked in these cells while the response to murine TNF-α remains intact.
HEK-Blue™ IL-1β cells express an NF-κB and AP-1 inducible secreted embryonic alkaline phosphatase (SEAP) reporter. Binding of IL-1 to its receptor IL-1R1 on the surface of HEK-Blue™ IL-1β cells triggers a signaling cascade leading to the activation NF-κB and the subsequent production of SEAP. Levels of SEAP can be easily monitored using QUANTI-Blue™ Solution. The specificity of the HEK-Blue™ IL-1β cells for the detection of IL-1α or IL-1β can be confirmed using a neutralizing antibody against human IL-1α or IL-1β, such as anti-hIL-1α-IgG and anti-hIL-1β-IgG.
FEATURES OF HEK-BLUE™ IL-1β CELLS:
- Fully functional IL-1β signaling pathway
- Do not respond to human TNF-α
- Readily assessable SEAP reporter activity
- Functionally tested and guaranteed mycoplasma-free
APPLICATIONS OF HEK-BLUE™ IL-1β CELLS:
- Detection of human IL-1β (0.1 - 100 ng/ml), and to a lesser extent murine IL-1β (30 -1000 ng/ml)
- Detection of IL-1β in inflammasome studies
- Screening of anti-IL-1β antibodies
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3. Weber A. et al., 2019. Interleukin-1 (IL-1) pathway. Sci Signal. 3(105):cm1.
Stimulation of HEK-Blue™ IL-1β cells by recombinant human and murine IL-1β. After a 24 h incubation, SEAP activity was assessed using QUANTI-Blue™ and reading the optical density (O.D.) at 630 nm.
Stimulation of HEK-Blue™ IL-1β cells by recombinant human and murine IL-1α. After a 24 h incubation, SEAP activity was assessed using QUANTI-Blue™ and reading the optical density (O.D.) at 630 nm.
Stimulation of HEK-Blue™ IL-1β cells by recombinant human and murine TNF-α. After a 24 h incubation, SEAP activity was assessed using QUANTI-Blue™ and reading the optical density (O.D.) at 630 nm.
Response of HEK‑Blue™ IL‑1β cells to a panel of cytokines. Cells were stimulated with various human and murine recombinant cytokines: 10 ng/ml of hIL‑1β, mIL-1β, hIL-1α, mIL-1α, hIL-17, hIL-18, hIL-33, hIFN-γ, hTNF-α, mTNF-α, or 102 U/ml hIFN-α or hIFN-β. After overnight incubation, SEAP activity was assessed using QUANTI-Blue™ Solution. The optical density (OD) at 630 nm is shown as mean ± SD.
Dose‑dependent inhibition of HEK‑Blue™ IL‑1β cellular response using a neutralizing antibody against hIL‑1β. The anti-hIL1β antibody was incubated with the cells for 30 minutes prior to the addition of hIL-1β (1 ng/ml). After overnight incubation, SEAP activity in the cell culture supernatant was assessed using QUANTI-Blue™ Solution. Data represent % of maximal reporter activity without the anti-hIL1β antibody.
Growth medium: DMEM, 4.5 g/l glucose, 2 mM L-Glutamine, 10% (v/v) heat-inactivated fetal bovine serum, 100 U/ml penicillin, 100 µg/ml streptomycin, 100 µg/ml Normocin™
Detects human and murine IL-1β (α)
- Detection range for human IL-1β: 100 pg - 100 ng/ml
Detection range for murine IL-1β: 30 ng - 1 µg/ml
- 1 vial containing 3-5 x 106 cells
- 1 ml of Hygromycin B Gold (100 mg/ml)
- 1 ml of Zeocin™ (100 mg/ml)
- 1 ml of Normocin™ (50 mg/ml)
- 1 ml of QB reagent and 1 ml of QB buffer (sufficient to prepare 100 ml of QUANTI-Blue™ Solution, a SEAP detection reagent)
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THP-1/HEK-Blue™ IL-1β Assay
1. Production of IL-1β by THP-1 cells. Typically, THP-1 cells are pre-treated with phorbol 12-myristate acetate (PMA) to become more susceptible to inflammasome activators, then are primed with lipopolysaccharide (LPS). These treatments induce the production of pro-IL-1β, the immature form of IL-1β. Subsequent stimulation with inflammasome inducers, such as ATP, leads to NRLP3 and caspase-1 activation resulting in IL-1β maturation and secretion.
2. Detection of IL-1β by HEK-Blue™ IL-1β cells. IL-1β-containing THP-1 supernatants are added to HEK-Blue™ IL-1β cells leading to NF-κB activation and the subsequent production of SEAP. The presence of SEAP in HEK-Blue™ IL-1β supernatants is assessed using QUANTI-Blue™ Solution, a SEAP detection medium.Back to the top