Phenotypic and functional differentiation of KG-1 into dendritic-like cells

I Teobald, DJ Dunnion, M Whitbread, Stephen Curnow, MJ Browning

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The cell line KG-1 has been used as an in vitro model for human dendritic cell (DC) differentiation. We have investigated the response of KG-1 cells to stimulation with a number of factors known to induce differentiation and/or maturation of DCs in vitro. KG-1 cells showed no differentiation in response to LPS, CpG oligodeoxynucleotide or CD40 ligation. Culture in the presence of TNF-alpha induced some differentiation, but only treatment with PMA and ionomycin (with or without prior culture in GM-CSF and IL-4) induced morphological and phenotypic changes consistent with DC-like maturation, and even these maximally differentiated KG-1 cells showed lower levels of surface marker expression, macromolecular endocytosis, and ability to stimulate in allogeneic MLR compared with in vitro monocyte-derived DCs. Our data show that KG-1 cells differentiate in vitro into cells with DC-like functional characteristics under the influence of strong inducers of cellular activation, but lack the potency of mature DCs in key aspects of professional antigen presenting cells. (C) 2007 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-86
Number of pages12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • dendritic cell
  • antigen presentation
  • differentiation
  • KG-1
  • vaccine


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