HEK-Blue-Lucia™ TLR Cells

InvivoGen offers a collection of NF-κB–SEAP and IL-8–Lucia reporter HEK293 cells to study Toll-like receptor (TLR) signaling

HEK-Blue-Lucia™ TLR cells (formerly named HEK-Dual™ TLRs (NF/IL8) cell lines) are a collection of the human embryonic kidney 293 (HEK293)-derived cell lines designed to provide a rapid, sensitive, and reliable method to screen and validate TLR agonists or antagonists.

Signaling pathways in HEK-Blue-Lucia™ TLR cells
Signaling pathways in HEK-Blue-Lucia™ TLR cells
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These cells express two inducible reporter genes for SEAP (secreted embryonic alkaline phosphatase) and Lucia luciferase. Stimulation with TLR agonists triggers the activation of the artificial NF-κB-inducible promoter and the subsequent production of SEAP. It also promotes the expression of Lucia luciferase, which is knocked in (KI) downstream of the endogenous (more physiological) IL-8 promoter. IL-8 (interleukin 8) is a chemokine produced in response to TLR agonists in an NF-κB/AP-1-dependent manner [1-2]. 

This enables the double readout study of the NF-κB/AP-1 pathway, by monitoring the activity of SEAP and Lucia luciferase using QUANTI-Blue™ Solution (SEAP detection reagent) or QUANTI-Luc™ 4 Lucia/Gaussia (luciferase detection reagent), respectively. Thus, you may choose the readout depending on your laboratory equipment utilizing a spectrophotometer for SEAP or a luminometer for Lucia luciferase detection.

Key features

  • Stable expression of a human or mouse TLR gene
  • Stable expression of an NF-κB/AP1-inducible SEAP (secreted embryonic alkaline phosphatase) reporter gene
  • Stable expression of the Lucia luciferase reporter gene under the control of the endogenous IL-8 promoter (responsive to NF-κB)
  • No activity of TLR3, TLR5, and TNFR (Tumor Necrosis Factor receptor) due to verified knockout of these three receptors
  • Readily assessable NF-κB activation by assessing the SEAP and/or Lucia luciferase activities


  • Defining the role of TLR-dependent NF-κB signaling pathways
  • Screening for novel TLR agonists and inhibitors
  • Comparing the TLR-dependent signaling between human and mouse TLR  
  • Choice of readout depending on the laboratory equipment (spectrophotometer for SEAP or luminometer for Lucia luciferase detection).



1. Roebuck KA. 1999. Regulation of interleukin-8 gene expression. J Interferon Cytokine Res:429-38.
2. Ohta K, et al. 2014. Toll-like receptor (TLR) expression and TLR‑mediated interleukin-8 production by human submandibular gland epithelial cells. Mol Med Rep. (5):2377-82.

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