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WIPO Patent Application WO/1991/012317
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A novel bronchial or bronchiolar epithelial cell from normal neonatal mammalian lung has been isolated, established and maintained for multiple passages in the absence of serum, without undergoing crisis or senescence. By careful manipulation of the nutritional/hormonal microenvironment we have been able to select, from a heterogeneous population, a single epithelial cell type which can maintain highly differentiated features in vitro. This cell type has characteristics of bronchiolar epithelial cells. A clonal line, RL-65, has been selected and observed for more than 3 years in continuous culture. It has been characterized by ultrastructural, morphological and biochemical criteria.

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August 22, 1991
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February 08, 1991
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C07K14/475; C07K14/785; C12N5/071; C12N15/85; (IPC1-7): C12N5/06; C12N5/08; G01N33/50
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Culture of Animal Cells. A Manual of Basic Technique, 1987, Alan R. Liss, Inc. (New York, US), R.I. Freshney: "Bronchial and tracheal epithelium", pages 267-268
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1. I. A method of isolating a normal mammalian bronchial or bronchiolar epithelial lung cell type comprising: a) incubating mammalian lung cell fragments in serum free defined medium 11 F ; and b) changing said medium about every threedays; and c) isolating said normal mammalian bronchial or bronchiolar epithelial lung cell substantially free of nonbronchial or nonbronchiolar epithelial lung cell types by incubating said cells from b) in said serum free medium 11 F for a time period sufficient to substantially eliminate said nonbronchial or nonbronchiolar epithelial cells. 2 The method according to claim 1 wherein said time period sufficient to eliminate said nonbronchial and nonbronchiolar epithelial cells is between 10 and 90 days. 3. The method according to claim 2 further comprising: e) growing said normal mammalian bronchial or bronchiolar epithelial lung cell in serum free medium 11F plus pituitary extract. 4. The method according to claim 2 further comprising: d) incubating said normal mammalian epithelial lung cell in serum free medium 7F plus pituitary extract.
2. 5 The method according to claim 3 wherein said pituitary extract is bovine pituitary extract.
3. The method according to claim 3 wherein retinoic acid is added to a concentration of about 0.05m molar.
4. The method according to claim 1 wherein said mammalian lung is rat lung.
5. The method according to claim 1 wherein said mammalian lung is human lung.
6. The method according to claim 3 wherein said mammalian lung is rat lung.
7. The method according to claim 3 wherein said mammalian lung is human lung. II.
8. A normal mammalian bronchial or bronchiolar epithelial lung cell produced by the method of claim 1.
9. The lung cell according to claim 11 comprising a rat lung cell.
10. The rat lung cell according to claim 12 comprising cell RL65.
11. The lung cell according to claim 11 comprising a human lung cell.
12. A cell culture method for producing protein comprising: a) incubating a nonvirally transformed mammalian bronchial or bronchiolar epithelial lung cell in serum free medium for a period sufficient to produce recoverable quantities of protein; b) isolating said protein from the medium of step a).
13. The method according to claim 15 wherein said serum free medium contains pituitary extract.
14. The method according to claim 16 wherein said pituitary extract is bovine pituitary extract.
15. The method according to claim 15 wherein the protein produced is selected from the following: transforming growth factor beta, endothelin, aantitrypsin or insulinlike growth factor I.
16. The method according to claim 15 wherein said protein is an endogenous protein in substantially pure form.
17. A method of use of a mammalian bronchial or bronchiolar epithelial lung cell produced by the method of claim 1 for the assay of a growth promoting substance comprising: a) incubating said lung cell in a medium containing said growth promoting substance; b) quanitating a growth indicating property of said cell as an indication of said growth promoting activity.
18. The method according to claim 20 wherein said mammalian epithelial cell is a rat lung cell.
19. 22 The method according to claim 20 wherein said mammalian epithelial cell is a human lung cell.
20. The method according to claim 21 wherein said rat lung cell is RL65.
21. The method according to claim 20 wherein said growth promoting substance is found in a pituitary extract.
22. The method according to claim 20 wherein said growth indicating property is cell number.
23. The method according to claim 20 wherein said growth indicating property is DNA synthesis.
24. The method according to claim 20 wherein said DNA synthesis is indicated by the incorporation of a radioactive nucleotide.
25. The method according to claim 27 wherein said radioactive nucleotide is tritiated thymidine.
26. The method according to claim 24 wherein said pituitary extract is a soluble extract remaining after ultracentrifugation at about 100,000 x gravity for about 3 hours.
27. The method according to claim 15 wherein said nonviraliy transformed lung cell is transformed by an expression vector capable of expressing a protein.
28. The method according to claim 30 wherein said protein is selected from the following: lung surfactant, lymphokine, enzyme, hormone, hormone receptor or cytokine.
29. The method according to claim 31 wherein said lung surfactant is human lung surfactant.
30. The method according to claim 31 wherein said hormone is human growth hormone.

Field of the Invention

This invention relates generally to a method of isolating a normal mammalian bronchial or bronchiolar epithelial lung cell; to the isolated mammalian epithelial lung cells produced by the method; to the use of the isolated mammalian epithelial lung cell for the production of proteins and as an assay system for pituitary factors which promote the growth of such mammalian epithelial lung cells. The unique method of isolating the lung cells results in novel bronchial or bronchiolar epithelial cells isolated from mammalian lung which grow in serum-free defined medium and which exhibit accelerated growth in the presence of mammalian pituitary extract. Background and Prior Art

The lung is a complex organ composed of over 40 different cell types. Work on small cell carcinoma and recent advances in endocrinology have led to the recognition that the lung is the site of production of, and target tissue for a number of endocrine, paracrine and autocrine factors. While several tissue culture systems have been reported for primary culture of cells from the lung, specifically fracheobronchial epithelium (Chopra etal., J. Cell Physiol. 130:173-181 [1987]; Lechner etal., In Vitro 18:633-642 [1982]; Lee etal., Exp. Lung Res. 6:27-45 [1984]; Schumann etal., In Vitro 24:211-216 [1988]; and Wu etal., In Vitro 18:800- 812 [1982]), epithelial cell lines which can maintain their differentiated function in vitro have been difficult to establish without viral or chemical transformation or immortalization by transfection with various oncogenes. Reddel etal., PCT 89/03994 disclose human bronchial epithelial cells after viral transformation capable of growth in culture. These cells were transformed with SV40 or adenovirus-12 SV40 hybrid virus or with a recombinant plasmid containing portions of the Rous sarcoma virus. Clearly these cells are not the same as the normal cells of the present invention which do not contain such a transforming virus. There was a need for a method of isolating mammalian bronchial epithelial cell without transformation with a virus or other genetic vector altering the genetic composition and phenotype of the cell. Moreover, there was a need for specific media conditions needed for the isolation and for the growth of non-virally transformed bronchial epithelium.

Serum is known to support the growth of many cell types, however it is complex and not well defined. In vivo, a cell is normally exposed to the equivalent of serum only under special circumstances involving tissue injury and blood coagulation. In vitro, serum may not support the growth of some cell types, due to specific inhibition or a failure to provide an adequate concentration of stimulatory factors. Mather and Sato demonstrated that a serum-free hormonally defined medium for melanoma cells could be used to select for that same cell type when used as the culture media for a mixed cell population (Mather, J.P. and Sato, G., Hormones and Growth Factors in Cell Cultures: problems and perspectives. In Cell

Tissue and Organ Cultures in Neurobiology, New York: Academic Press, pp. 619-630 [1978]). Piltch et al were able to select for differentiated epithelial cells from rat thymus, and maintain these cells continuously in a defined serum-free medium supplemented with hormones (Piltch etal., In Vitro 24-289-293 [1988]). Loo and co-workers have described a serum-free, hormonally defined culture system for the establishment of a mouse embryo cell, selected from whole embryos. These cultures, when carried in the presence of serum, undergo a well- defined crisis or senescence (Loo etal., Science 236500-202 [1987]). This senescence does not occur when these cultures are carried continuously in serum-free, hormonally defined culture. Therefore, there was a need for a culture procedure utilizing hormone-supplemented, serum-free medium as a method of the selection of specific cell types from the lung.. SUMMARY OF THE INVFNTION

A novel bronchial or bronchiolar epithelial cell from normal neonatal rat lung has been isolated, established and maintained for multiple passages in the absence of serum, without undergoing crises or senescence. By careful manipulation of the nutritional/hormonal microenvironment we are able to reproducibly select, from a heterogeneous population, a single epithelial cell type which can maintain highly differentiated features in vitro. This cell type has characteristics of a mammalian bronchial or bronchiolar epithelial cells. A clonal line, RL-65, has .been selected and observed for more than 2 years in continuous culture. It has been characterized by ultrastructural, morphological and biochemical criteria. The strategy used for isolation and eventual establishment of cell lines from normal lung tissue is unique in that it utilizes a completely defined medium (in the absence of serum) to initially select for a specific type from the time of explant. The cells produced by the method of the present invention, non-transformed epithelial cell lines from normal mammalian lung tissue, may be used to assay the activity of both naturally occurring and synthetic molecules that regulate lung endocrinology and physiology. These non-transformed epithelial lung cells may be used in the production of proteins and as an assay cell line responding to growth promoting factors thereby enabling the isolation of such growth promoting factors. Definitions

BPE: Bovine Pituitary Extract FBS: Fetal Bovine Serum

FGF: Fibroblast Growth Factor

FGF a : Fibroblast Growth Factor-a

FSH: Follicle Stimulating Hormone

TSH: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone HLH: Human Leutenizing Hormone

ACTH: Adrenocorticotropic Hormone

OXY: Ocytocin

Fig. 1 Growth of RL-65 in 7F + BPE vs 10% FBS. Cells were plated at 5x10 4 cells/21 cm 2 and counted on day 5. Inset: thymidine incorporation 72 hrs. after plating (see Methods for definitions).

Fig.2 Effect of FBS, BPE, and individual growth factors in 7F on growth of RL-65. Concentrations are given in Table 1. Each factor and BPE was omitted individually and growth in the remaining components compared with growth in the optimal medium (7F + BPE). Also compared: 10% FBS in presence and absence of 7F + BPE (± sem).

Fig. 3 Effect of FGF acidic (FGFa, 5ng/ml), FGF basic (FGFb, 5ng/ml), endothelial cell growth supplement (ECGS, 100mg/ml), fibronectin (Fbn 30μg 21cm 2 ), and bovine serum albumin (BSA,15mg/ml).

Fig.4 Effect of pituitary growth factors On growth of RL-65. Each factor was added in the presence of 7F and compared to 7F supplemented with BPE or 7F alone (±sem). GH.1 mg/ml; FSH, TSH, 10mg/ml; hLH, hPRL, 5ng/ml; ACTH, Oxy, ADH, αMSH, 6MSH,10ng/ml, β-lipotropin fragments, β, α, γendorphin, 100ng/ml, FGF, 3 ng/ml. Fig.5 Growth of RL-65 in various basal media formulations supplemented with hormones and growth factors.

Fig.6 Photographs of cellular morphology: a) RL-65 in culture; b) rat bronchiole primary cells in culture; c) mouse primary Clara cells.in culture. Fig.7 The complete nucleotide sequence of pSVI. DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

The lungs have multiple functions, but they have been difficult to study in vitro, largely because of the many diverse cell types. It was important to ascertain whether or not novel epithelial cell types of the lung could be isolated and established in vitro by careful manipulation of the nutritional/hormonal culture environment. We report here a serum-free, hormone-supplemented culture system which will initially select for a single epithelial cell type from normal, neo-natal mammalian (rat) lung. These cells will undergo multiple passages without crisis or senescence. A clonal cell line established in this fashion has been designated RL-65 and its properties are described below.

The distribution and frequency of ten morphologically distinct cell types has been described in the surface epithelium of the rat intrapulmonary airways (Evans and Shami, Lung cell kinetics, In: Lung Cell Biology, D. Massaro, ed., New York, N.Y.: Marcel Dekker, pp 1-89 [1989]). Eight of these cell types are epithelial, differentiating into secretory cells,

ciliated cells, and cells whose main recognized function is to provide a large surface area for gas exchange. The maturation of the alveolar type 2 cell and the surfactant system is achieved prenatally, while maturation of the epithelium of the respiratory bronchioles and the small conducting airways occurs just after birth just prior to restructuring of the lung parenchyma and alveolarization (day 4-13) (Burri, P.H., Anat. Rec. 180:77-98 [1974]; Massaro and Massaro, Am. J. Physiol.250:R783-R788 [1986b]).

The RL-65 cell line, derived from the lungs of 5 day old rats, has phenotypic characteristics typical for cells of the airway epithelium. Studies are currently underway to further define the specific origin of this cell type. Evidence suggests it may be a type of progenitor cell with the capacity to differentiate along several pathways, depending on alterations in the cell culture microenvironment. This cell type is not readily observed during the first week in culture, but can easily be identified after 12 to 14 days in serum-free defined medium supplemented with 11 F (see Table 1 ). This may be due to a change in morphology after time in culture, or its appearance may be facilitated by the death of most of the other cell types in the heterogeneous population. Alternatively, the late appearance of this cell type may be due to continued differentiation in vitro. Growth control and differentiation may be regulated by changes in culture conditions. The careful and timely addition/deletion of such components as BPE or retinoic acid, for example, may result in a culture condition in which cells either become committed to squamous differentiation and comification, or further cell division.

Bovine pituitary extract (BPE) used at a concentration of 150 μg protein/ml medium. Retinoic acid (0.05μM) + BPE is optimal for orowth in 7F.

The RL-65 cells have a phenotype distinct from that reported for other types of long term cultures of lung cells, and other established lung cell lines. Bombesin, the gastrin releasing peptide found in neuroendocrine cells of the lung, was not produced in the RL-65. This suggests that they are probably not of neuroendocrine origin. The proteolytic activity of the RL-65, as well as GE2 production, points toward an important role in the detoxification of reactive compounds in the lung. This is further supported by the fact that this cell type has a large number of acetylated LDL receptors, perhaps for the purpose of scavenging and degrading extracellular molecules. It therefore may possess a "scavenger cell" pathway of acetylated LDL metabolism similar to that found in macrophages, endothelial cells and microglia (Garrels, J.I., J. Biol. Chem. 254:7961 -7966 [1979]; Garrels etal., in Two Dimensional Gel Electrophoresis of Proteins: Methods and Applications, Celis & Bravo, ed., New York: Academic Press p. 38 [1984]; Githens etal., In Vitro 25(8) .697-698 [1989]; and Schumann etal., In Vitro 24211-216 [1988]).

The method of the present invention results in the production of novel mammalian epithelial lung cell lines. This method may be used to isolate such cells from the lung of any mammal, for example rat, human, rabbit, cow, and sheep. The method first incubates the mechanically and/or enzymatically isolated fragments of lung tissue in serum free 11 F medium for a period of from 10 to 90 days or more, more preferably, 15 to 50 days, and most preferably 21 to 35 days. The 11F medium is changed about every three days. This initial incubation is selective for the preferential survival of the epithelial lung cells of the present invention.

Following the initial incubation in 11 F medium, the cultured lung cells are moved to medium containing pituitary extract (PE) or PE is added to the medium,. The pituitary extract may be present in an amount from 5 to 900 mg/ml, more preferably 50 to 300 mg/ml, and most preferably 100 to 500 mg/ml. The optimized basal medium (7F) for this cell line, RL-65, is Hams F12 DME plus insulin (1 mg/ml), human transferrin (10mg/ml), ethanolamine (10 M), phosphoethanolamine (10 4 M), selenium (2.5x10" 8 M), hydrocortisone (2.5x10" 7 M), and forskolin (5μM). The addition of 150mg/ml of bovine pituitary extract (BPE) to the defined basal medium stimulates a 5-20 fold increase in cell number, and a 10-100 fold increase in thymidine incorporation. The addition of retinoic acid results in further enhancement of cell growth and complete inhibition of keratinization. The 11 F media will support growth of all such bronchial epithelial lung cells, however optimized medium for similar cells isolated from different species may differ in the optimal concentration of each component of the media, and in the ratios of components in the media. The optimization of each component for a specific cell is readily accomplished by varying the concentration of each component while keeping the other components constant and selecting for the optimum phenotype desired.

The lung cells produced by the methods of the present invention may be grown in pituitary extract as described in Example 3. This extract may be made from any mammalian pituitary, including cow, human, rat, sheep, goat, horse, rabbit and pig.

In the presence of pituitary extract, the addition of retinoic acid further promotes the growth of the lung cells of the present invention. The concentration of retinoic acid may be between 0.0001 and 10 μmolar more preferably between 0.01 and 1 μmolar, and most preferably between 0.03 and 0.10 μmolar. Deposit of Cell Line RL-65

The following strain has been deposited with the American Type Culture Collection, 12301 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD, USA (ATCC):

Strain ATCC Accession No. Deposit Date .

RL-65 CRL 10354 February 9, 1990

This deposit was made under the provisions of the Budapest Treaty on the

International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purpose of Patent Procedure and the Regulations thereunder (Budapest Treaty). This assures maintenance of a viable culture for 30 years from the date of deposit. The organisms will be made available by ATCC under the terms of the Budapest Treaty, and subject to an agreement between Genentech, Inc. and ATCC, which assures permanent and unrestricted availability of the progeny of the cultures to the public upon issuance of the pertinent U.S. patent or upon laying open to the public of any U.S. or foreign patent application, whichever comes first, and assures availability of the progeny to one determined by the U.S. Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks to be entitled thereto according to 35 USC 122 and the Commissioner's rules pursuant thereto (including 37 CFR 1.14 with particular reference to 886 OG 638). The assignee of the present application has agreed that if the cultures on deposit should die or be lost or destroyed when cultivated under suitable conditions, they will be promptly replaced on notification with a viable specimen of the same culture. Availability of the deposited cultures is not to be construed as a license to practice the invention in contravention of the rights granted under the authority of any government in accordance with its patent laws. Isolation Procedure

We have demonstrated that, because each cell type, even within the same region of the same lung tissue requires a different combination or concentration of nutrients, hormones and/or growth factors, a carefully tailored serum-free environment will lead to the isolation and identification of new type of bronchial epithelial cell from the lung which have not previously been established in vitro. The isolation method of the present invention provides

the opportunity to isolate and characterize these bronchial epithelial cells. The bronchial epithelial lung cells may be isolated from any animal, preferably a mammal, such as bovine, ovine, canine, feline, primate and rodent. Among the preferred mammals are: cow, human, rat, mouse, guinea pig, sheep, goat, horse, rabbit and pig. The epithelial lung cell of the present invention is exemplified by RL-65. The unique'gene products of these bronchial epithelial cells further define the phenotype of these lung cells. Materials and Methods

Animals. 5 day old male Sprague Dawley rats used for these experiments were obtained from Simonsen Labs, Gilroy, California. Materials. Dulbecco's Modified Eagre's Medium, high glucose (DME), and Ham's F12 medium (F12) were obtained in powder form from Grand Island Biological Co.(GIBCO), Grand Island, N.Y.; porcine insulin (pins), human transferrin (hTF), hydrocortisone (HC), progesterone (P), ethanolamine (Eth), phosphoethanolamine (PEth), triiodothyronine (T3), and soybean trypsin inhibitor (STI), were obtained from Sigma Chemical Co., St. Louis, MO; trypsin (0.05% + 0.0.53mM EDTA) was obtained from GIBCO; epidermal growth factor (EGF) from Collaborative Research, Walfham, MA; forskolin (FK) was obtained from Calbiochem, La Jolla, CA; bovine lipoprotein (predominantly HDL) (Excyte®) was obtained from Miles Laboratories, Napierville, IL; sodium selenite (Sel) from Johnson Matthey Inc. (Aesar.Seabrook, NH); whole mixed sex bovine pituifaries were obtained from Pel Freeze, Rogers, AR; human plasma fibronectin (fbn) was obtained from Bethesda Research Labs (GIBCO), Bethesda, MD; tubulin, desmin and vimentin MAB's were obtained from Chemicon International, Los Angeles, CA; rabbit anffhuman keratin and rabbit antichicken actin were obtained from Polysciences, Warrington PA; fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) conjugated, F(ab1)2 fragments of goat antimouse and antirabbit IgG (H and L chains specific) were obtained from Jackson ImmunoResearch Laboratories, West Grove, PA. Dil-Ac-LDL was obtained from Biomedical Technologies, Stoughton, MA. The following pituitary factors were obtained from Sigma Chemical Co.: Growth hormone (gh), follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), human luteinizing hormone (hLH), human prolactin (hPRL), adrenocortocotropic hormone (ACTH), oxytocin (OXY), vasopressin (ADH), a and β melanocyte stimulating hormone (a, b, MSH), βlipotropin fragments (βlipo), a, b, g endorphin (END). Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) was obtained from Collaborative Research. Two- dimensional gels were run and computer analyzed by Protein Databases Inc. (Huntington Station, NY). Radiochemicals were purchased from New England Nuclear (Boston, MA). Recombinant human TGFβ was supplied by Genentech. Culture Media and Conditions DME and Ham's F12 (1 :1 w/w) were dissolved in

Milli-Q water, and supplemented with 1.2g/L NaHC03, 0.4g/L glutamine and 15mM Hepes. Hormones, trace elements, vitamins arid hospholiplds used to supplement the serum-free

medium are shown in Table 1. All of these factors are prepared as sterile stock solutions at 100-1000 fold final concentration and added to the medium just prior to use. Bovine pituitary extract (BPE) was prepared by the method of Tsao etal (J. Cell Physiol. 110-219-229 [1982]). Cells were incubated in a 5% C02 95% air, H2O saturated atmosphere at 37°C. Expression of Recombinant Proteins in Lung Cells The lung cells of the present invention, such as the RL-65, may be used in the production of proteins. The production of recombinant proteins may be achieved by first inserting a DNA sequence encoding a desired protein and capable of expression into the lung cells of the present invention. Secondly, the lung cells of the present invention, may be used to synthesize the proteins they encode, preferentially those proteins which are normally secreted, thereby facilitating their detection, purification and use.

For recombinant synthesis, it is first necessary to secure nucleic acid that encodes a desired protein product. DNA encoding a desirfd protein may be obtained from a source of cells for the productby (a) preparing a cDNA library from these cells, (b) conducting hybridization analysis with labeled DNA encoding the desired protein or fragments thereof (up to or more than 100 base pairs in length) to detect clones in the library containing homologous sequences, and (c) analyzing the clones by restriction enzyme analysis and nucleic acid sequencing to identify full-length clones. DNA that is capable of hybridizing to the DNA encoding the desired protein under low stringency conditions is useful for identifying DNA encoding the desired product. Both high and low stringency conditions are defined further below. Alternatively, genomic libraries will provide the desired DNA. Once the DNA encoding the desired protein has been identified and isolated from the library it is ligated into a replicable vector for further cloning or for expression.

It is preferable to use the DNA encoding the desired protein to transform host cells capable of accomplishing protein processing so as to obtain the protein in the culture medium, i.e., obtain a secreted molecule.

Useful Vectors The vectors and methods disclosed herein are suitable for use in host lung cells for the production of a wide range of proteins. In general, expression vectors containing control sequences that are derived from species compatible with the host lung cell are used. For use in mammalian cells, the control functions on the expression vectors are often provided by viral material. For example, commonly used promoters are derived from the genomes of polyoma, Adenovirus 2, retroviruses, cytomegalovirus, and most frequently Simian Virus 40 (SV40). Other promoters are those from heterologous sources, e.g., the beta actin promoter. The early and late promoters of SV40 virus are particularly useful because both are obtained easily from the virus as a fragment that also contains the SV40 viral origin of replication [Fiers etal., Nature, 273: 113 (1978)]. Smaller or larger SV40 fragments may also be used, provided there is included the approximately 250-bp sequence

extending from the H/ndlll site toward the Bgl, site located in the viral origin of replication. The immediate early promoter of the human cytomegalovirus is conveniently obtained as a H/ndlll restriction fragment. Greenaway etal., Gene, .18: 355-360 (1982). Further, it is also possible, and often desirable, to utilize promoter or control sequences normally associated with the desired gene sequence, provided such control sequences are compatible with the host cell systems.

Transcription of a DNA encoding the desired.protein in lung cells is increased by inserting an enhancer sequence into the vector. The enhancer is a cis-acting element of DNA, usually about from 10 to 300 bp, that acts on a promoter to enhance its transcription- initiation activity. Enhancers are relatively orientation and position independent, having been found 5' (Laimins etal., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 78: 993 [1981]) and 3' (Lusky etal., Mol. Cell Bio., 3: 1108 [1983]) to the transcription unit, within an intron (Banerji etal., Cell, 33: 729 [1983]) as well as within the coding sequence itself (Osbσrπe etal., Mol. Cell Bio., 4: 1293 [1984]). Preferably, however, the enhancer element is located upstream of the promoter sequence for this Invention. Many enhancer sequences are now known from mammalian genes (globin, elastase, albumin, a-fetoprotein, and insulin). Typically, however, one will use an enhancer from a eukaryotic cell virus. Examples include the SV40 enhancer on the late side of the replication origin (bp 100-270), the cytomegalovirus early promoter enhancer, the polyoma enhancer on the late side of the replication origin, and adenovirus enhancers. Most preferred herein is the SV40 enhancer region.

Expression vectors used in host lung cells will also contain polyadenylation sites. Examples of polyadenylation regions are those derived from viruses such as, e.g., the SV40 (early and late) or HBV.

An origin of replication may be provided either by construction of the vector to include an exogenous origin, such as may be derived from SV40 or other viral (e.g., Polyoma, Adeno, VSV, BPV) source, or may be provided by the host cell. If the vector is integrated into the host lung cell chromosome, the latter is often sufficient.

Lung cells containing the vector may be selected by the use of dominant selection, which refers to a selection scheme that does not require the use of a mutant cell line. This method typically employs a drug to arrest growth of a host cell. Those cells that have a novel gene would express a protein conveying drug resistance and would survive the selection. Examples of drugs used in dominant selection include neomycin (Southern and Berg, J. Molec. Appl. Genet., 1 : 327 [1982]), mycophenolic acid (Mulligan and Berg, Science, 209: 1422 [1980]), or hygromycin (Sugden etal., Mol. Cell. Biol., 5: 410-413 [1985]). The three examples given above employ bacterial genes under eukaryotic control to convey resistance to the appropriate drug, i.e., neomycin (G418 or geneticin), xgpt (mycophenolic acid), or hygromycin, respectively.

Satisfactory amounts of protein are produced by cell cultures; however, refinements, using a secondary coding sequence, serve to enhance production levels even further. One secondary coding sequence comprises dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) that is affected by an externally controlled parameter, such as methotrexate (MTX), thus permitting control of expression by control of the methotrexate concentration. Plasmid pdH135, containing an SV40 promoter and DNA encoding lung surfactant, was shown in Example 4 to be capable of making human lung surfactant C.

Typical Methodology Employable Construction of suitable vectors containing the desired coding and control sequences employs standard recombinant techniques. Isolated plasmids or DNA fragments are cleaved, tailored, and religated to form the desired plasmid. If flush ends are required, the cleaved DNA preparation may be treated for 30 minutes at 37°C with DNA Polymerase I (Klenow fragment) or T4 DNA polymerase, phenol- chloroform extracted, and ethanol precipitated. 3' protruding ends are removed by the 3' to 5' exonucleolytic activity of either enzyme, and the 5' protruding ends are made flush by the 5' to 3' polymerase activity incorporating complementary nt until the end of the fragment is reached.

Size separation of the cleaved fragments may be performed using 6 percent polyacrylamide gel described by Goeddel etal., Nucleic Acids Res., 8: 4057 (1980).

For analysis to confirm correct sequences in plasmids constructed, the ligation mixtures are typically used to transform £ cσ//K12 strain 294 (ATCC 31 ,446) or other suitable £ cσ// strains, and successful transformants selected by ampicillin or tetracycline resistance where appropriate. Plasmids from the transformants are prepared and analyzed by restriction mapping and/or DNA sequencing by the method of Messing etal, Nucleic Acids Res., 9: 309 (1981) or by the method of Maxam etal., Meth. Enzym., 65: 499 (1980). After introduction of the DNA into the lung cell host and selection in medium for stable transfectants, amplification of DHFR-protein-coding sequences is effected by growing host cell cultures in the presence of approximately 200-500 nM concentrations of methotrexate, a competitive inhibitor of DHFR activity. The effective range of concentration is highly dependent, of course, upon the nature of the DHFR gene and the characteristics of the lung cell host. Clearly, generally defined upper and lower limits cannot be ascertained. Suitable concentrations of other folic acid analogs or other compounds that inhibit DHFR could also be used. MTX itself is, however, convenient, readily available, and effective. Recombinant Methods In order to simplify the examples and claims, certain frequently occurring methods will be referenced by shorthand phrases.

"Transfection" refers to the taking up of an expression vector by a host cell whether or not any coding sequences are in fact expressed. Numerous methods of transfection are

known to the ordinarily skilled artisan, for example, CaPθ4 and electroporation. Successful transfection is generally recognized when any indication of the operation of this vector occurs within the host cell.

"Transformation" means introducing DNA into an organism so that the DNA is replicable, either as an extrachromosomal element or by chromosomal integrant. Depending on the host cell used, transformation is done using standard techniques appropriate to such cells. The calcium treatment employing calcium chloride, as described by Cohen, S.N. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA), 69: 2110 (1972); Mandel etal., J. Mol. Biol.53:154 (1970); and more recently Liljestrom etal., Gene, 40: 241-246 (1985), is generally used for prokaryotes or other cells that contain substantial cell-wall barriers. For mammalian lung cells without such cell walls, the calcium phosphate precipitation method of Graham, F. and van der Eb, A., Virology, 52: 456-457 (1978) is preferred. General aspects of mammalian cell host system transformations have been described by Axel in U.S. Pat. No. 4,399,216 issued August 16, 1983. Transformations into yeast are typically carried out according to the method of Van Solingen, P., et al., J. Bact., 130: 946 (1977) and Hsiao, C.L, et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA) 76: 3829 (1979). However, other methods for introducing DNA into cells such as by nuclear injection or by protoplast fusion may also be used.

"Operably linked" refers to juxtaposition such that the normal function of the components can be performed. Thus, a coding sequence "operably linked" to control sequences refers to a configuration wherein the coding sequence can be expressed under the control of these sequences and wherein the DNA sequences being linked are contiguous and, in the case of a secretory leader, contiguous and in reading phase. For example, DNA for a presequence or secretory leader is operably linked to DNA for a polypeptide if it is expressed as a preprotein that participates in the secretion of the polypeptide; a promoter or enhancer is operably linked to a coding sequence if it effects the transcription of the sequence; or a ribosome binding site is operably linked to a coding sequence if it is positioned so as to facilitate translation. Linking is accomplished by ligation at convenient restriction sites. If such sites do not exist, then synthetic oligonucleotide adaptors or linkers are used in accord with conventional practice. "Control sequences" refers to DNA sequences necessary for the expression of an operably linked coding sequence in a particular host organism. The control sequences that are suitable for prokaryotes, for example, include a promoter, optionally an operator sequence, a ribosome binding site, and possibly, other as yet poorly understood sequences. Eukaryotic cells are known to utilize promoters, polyadenylation signals, and enhancers. "Expression system" refers to DNA sequences containing a desired protein coding sequence and control sequences in operable linkage, so that host lung cells transformed with these sequences are capable of producing the encoded protein. To effect transformation, the

expression system may be included on a vector; however, the relevant DNA may then also be integrated into a host chromosome.

As used herein, "cell," "cell line," and "cell culture" are used interchangeably and all such designations include progeny. Thus, "transformants" or "transformed cells" includes the initial transformant and cultures derived therefrom without regard for the number of transfers. It is also understood that all progeny may not be precisely identical in DNA content, due to deliberate or inadvertent mutations. Mutant progeny that have the same functionality as screened for in the originally transformed cell are included. Where distinct designations are intended, it will be clear from the context. "Digestion" of DNA refers to catalytic cleavage of the DNA with an enzyme that acts only at specific nt sequences in the DNA. Such enzymes are called restriction enzymes, and the sequence for which each is specific is called a restriction site. The various restriction enzymes used herein are commercially available and their reaction conditions, cofactors, and other requirements as established by the enzyme suppliers are used. Restriction enzymes commonly are designated by abbreviations composed of a capital letter followed by other letters representing the microorganism from which each restriction enzyme originally was obtained and then a number designating the particular enzyme. In general, about 1 μg of plasmid or DNA fragment is used with about 1-2 units of enzyme in about 20 μl of buffer solution. Appropriate buffers and substrate amounts for particular restriction enzymes are specified by the manufacturer. Incubation of about 1 hour at 37°C is ordinarily used, but may vary in accordance with the supplier's instructions. After incubation, protein is removed by extraction with phenol and chloroform, and the digested nucleic acid is recovered from the aqueous fraction by precipitation with ethanol. When appropriate, digestion with a restriction enzyme is followed by bacterial alkaline phosphatase-mediated hydrolysis of the terminal 5' phosphates to prevent the two ends of a DNA fragment from "circularizing" or forming a closed loop that would impede insertion of another DNA fragment at the restriction site. Unless otherwise stated, digestion of plasmids is not followed by 5' terminal dephosphorylation. Procedures and reagents for dephosphorylation are conventional (T. Maniatis etal., 1982, Molecular Cloning: A Laboratory Manual ,New York: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, [1982] pp. 133-134).

"Recovery" or "isolation" of a given fragment of DNA from a restriction digest means separation of the digest on polyacrylamide or agarose gel by electrophoresis, identification of the fragment of interest by comparison of its mobility versus that of marker DNA fragments of known molecular weight, removal of the gel section containing the desired fragment, and separation of the gel from DNA. This procedure is known generally. For example, see R. Lawn etal., Nucleic Acids Res.9:6103-6114 (1981), and D. Goeddel etal., Nucleic Acids Res.8:4057 (1980).

"Ligation" refers to the process of forming phosphodiester bonds between two double stranded nucleic acid fragments (T. Maniatis etal., 1982, supra, p. 146). Unless otherwise provided, ligation may be accomplished using known buffers and conditions with 10 units of T4 DNA ligase ("ligase") per 0.5 μg of approximately equimolar amounts of the DNA fragments to be ligated.

"Preparation" of DNA from transformants πieans isolating plasmid DNA from microbial culture. Unless otherwise provided, the alkaline/SDS method of Maniatis etal., 1982, supra, p.90, may be used.

"Oligonucleotides" are short-length, single- or double- stranded polydeoxynucleotides that are chemically synthesized by known methods (such as phosphotriester, phosphite, or phosphoramidite chemistry, using solid phase techniques such as described in EP P,at. Pub. No. 266,032 published May 4, 1988, or viadeoxynucleoside H-phosphonate intermediates as described by Froehler etal, Nucl. Acids Res., 14: 5399-5407 [1986]). They are then purified on polyacrylamide gels. The foregoing written specification is considered to be sufficient to enable one skilled in the art to practice the invention. The present invention is not to be limited in scope by the culture deposited, since the deposited embodiment is intended as a separate illustration of certain aspects of the invention and any cultures that are functionally equivalent are within the scope of this invention. The deposit of material herein does not constitute an admission that the written description herein contained is inadequate to enable the practice of any aspect of the invention, including the best mode thereof, nor is it to be construed as limiting the scope of the claims to the specific illustrations that it represents. Indeed, various modifications of the invention in addition to those shown and described herein will become apparent to those skilled in the art from the foregoing description and fall within the scope of the appended claims.

The following examples are intended to illustrate the best mode now known for practicing the invention, but the invention is not to be considered limited thereto.

. EXAMPLE 1 ESTABLISHMENT OF LUNG CELL LINE Primary Culture Five day old male Sprague Dawley rats were sacrificed by CO2 asphyxiation, the lungs removed, the trachea excised, and the entire lung washed briefly in serum free medium containing 20 mg/ml Gentamycin. The tissue was minced into fragments which were then resuspended in serum-free medium containing 0.05% (w/v) collagenase- dispase and incubated for 30-45 minutes at 37°C. The tissue fragments were washed twice with serum free medium and allowed to settle for 15 minutes after which time the supernatant was removed. The fragments were dispersed by repetitive pipetting in serum- free, hormone supplemented medium (11 F, see Table 1) and aliquoted into fibronectin-coated

60mm tissue culture dishes. Medium was changed every three days and the cultures maintained in 11 F medium for 1 month. At this point bovine pituitary extract (BPE), at 150 μg ml, was added. Colonies became densely packed monolayers within 7-10 days from the day of addition of BPE, and were passaged at this stage. Serial Passage Highly cornified colonies from 60mm dishes were initially passaged by several trypsinizations (0.05% trypsin-0.53mM EDTA) for 10' each at 37°C. After neutralization with soybean trypsin inhibitor (STI, 1 mg/ml), cells were washed twice by centrifugation in serum-free F12/DME to remove residual STI, and plated in fibronectin- coated 12-weli trays (usually 1 60mm dish/well) containing 11F supplemented with BPE medium . Cells were subsequently passaged at near-confiuency, and seeded into sequentially larger dishes at each passage. Continuous culture was then maintained by passaging at near confiuency and at a high seeding density (1 :1 or 1 :2 split ratio). At no time after the addition of the BPE did the cells undergo a reduction in growth rate or "crisis". Establis ment Of a Cloned Lung Epithelial Cell li e, Lung epithelial cells grown continuously in this way for several months do not require that the dishes be fibronectin coated for attachment. Cloned populations were selected by plating 100-500 cells in a 100mm dish containing 15% conditioned 11 F medium and changing the medium every 3 days. By day 10, colonies were of sufficient size to be cloned by trypsinizing in 6mm stainless steel cloning rings, (penicylinders, Bellco). Each colony was then seeded into one well of a 24-well tray, grown to near confiuency, and the entire well passaged into sequentially larger surface areas at each trypsinization until stock cultures could be maintained in 100mm dishes. All of the colonies picked had a similar morphology. One of these clones, designated RL-65, was chosen for further characterization, and the optimal nutrient and hormonal requirements were determined. This cell line has been carried in continuous culture for more than 2 years. The RL-65 stocks are currently maintained by passaging every 4-6 days at a 50-200 split ratio. Growth and Morphology of Primary Cultures. The initial cell population, which attaches and spreads after plating the dispersed lung tissue, is heterogeneous. By choosing very specific initial culture conditions, followed by a growth medium, we have been able to select against a large number of cell types in the lung as well as allow the survival of the particular cell type we designate as RL-65. If serum is present initially, a heterogeneous culture is obtained and, with time, the culture is eventually overgrown by fibroblastic cell types. If bovine pituitary extract is present initially, even in the absence of serum, a fairly heterogeneous population of non-fibroblastic cells is evident and the population remains heterogeneous with time. The protocol described first uses a serum-free, defined medium (11 F, see table 1 ) to allow the survival, but not growth of the desired cell type, while not supporting the survival of the majority of cells in the original culture. The selection seems to occur both by providing an environment inadequate for the growth of some cells while

actively inhibiting the survival/growth of others. This is followed by the addition of a critical mitogenic component (BPE), and the subsequent optimization of a medium for enhanced growth of the surviving cells. If the optimized medium (7F and BPE) is used in the initial protocol, a diverse population of cells is supported, which may obscure or outstrip the growth of the desired cell type. Thus, in selecting for, and in the establishment of the RL-65 cell, the chronology of events and the timely addition/deletion of the proper supplements is critical. Continuous Culture. Long term cultures were established by serially passaging at high density in 15% (v:v) conditioned/fresh 1 F medium and BPE, supplemented with fresh 11F and BPE. These cultures became progressively more homogeneous even prior to cloning, and grew without fibronectin pre-coating of the dish. Optimal growth for the RL-65 clonal line was found to require only pins, hTF, eth, Peth, Sel, HC, FK (7F) and BPE at the concentrations shown in Table 1. The remaining factors, progesterone, T3, bovine lipoprotein and EGF, showed no further growth stimulation in the presence of the optimal 7F and BPE supplements and were omitted. RL-65 exhibited a doubling time of 17 hours, and had a 50-100 fold increase in 3 H thymidine incorporation in this medium (Fig. 1). Neither 7F, in the absence of bovine pituitary extract, nor pituitary extract alone could stimulate cell division to the same extent as the combination. Each of the 8 components used in the optimized medium has proved to be essential to achieving an optimal doubling time, BPE being the most crucial. 10% Fetal bovine serum alone did not stimulate to optimal growth levels. This may be due less to inhibitory substances in serum than to a lack of essential growth factors, either absent in serum, or not provided in the necessary concentration. In the presence of those factors required for growth, serum was not inhibitory (Fig. 2).

BSA, fibronectin, endothelial cell growth supplement (ECGS) and fibroblast growth factor (FGF), all present in pituitary extract, could not alone, or in combination, account for the response to BPE (Fig. 3). Initial screening of all known and commercially available pituitary factors, at varying concentrations, alone and in combination, demonstrated no stimulation over control (Fig. 4). While a crude preparation of FSH appeared to stimulate growth (Fig. 4), 2 different more highly purified preparations had no growth stimulatory activity, suggesting the growth promoting activity in the crude preparation was due to a non- FSH contaminant.

Nutrient and Hormone Interactions Serum-free media was prepared by supplementing F12/DME with a mixture of hormones, growth factors and trace elements. F12/DME, mixed 1 :1 , was initially selected as the basal medium because of its widespread use in supporting the growth of a large variety of mammalian cells. In figure 5, the media composition was based on published reports: HTE, hamster tracheal epithelial (Wu etal, J. Cell Physiol.

125:167-181 [1985]); NHBE, normal human bronchial epithelial (Lechner etal, In Vitro 18:633- 642 [1982]); HuTB, human tracheobronchial (Chopra etal., J. Cell Physiol. 130:173-181

[1987]). Basal media formulations previously shown to be optimal for hamster and human tracheal epithelial cells, and human bronchial epithelial cells were either inhibitory or not optimal for the growth of RL-65 (Fig. 5). These included some of the MCDB media (MCDB 151 ,152,153, 301 and 302) originally developed in Ham's lab for the growth of human keratinocytes (Tsao et al., J. Cell Physiol. 110219-229 [1982]), and modified by other labs for the growth of airway epithelial cells. Other cell types of the lung, such as the epithelial mink lung cell line, were unable to grow or survive in the optimized RL-65 medium.

The addition of 0.05μM retinoic acid further increased cell number in the presence, but not in the absence of BPE. EXAMPLE 2

CHARACTERIZATION OF CELL LINE RL-65 Indirect Immunofluorescence. Ceils were grown to near confiuency on 12mm glass coverslips. The coverslips were moved to fresh serum-free F12/DME and paraformaldehyde added to a final concentration of 2%. After 20' the coverslips were washed with phosphate buffered saline (PBS), and placed in 0.1 M Glycine for an additional 20'. After washing 2x in PBS, 1% Triton-X 100 was added and left on for 6'. The coverslips were then washed 2x with PBS and exposed to the first antibody (diluted 1 5) for 30' at 37°C. After rinsing 4x in PBS (5'/rinse), the second antibody (1 :10) was added and the above procedure was repeated. The coverslips were then drained, air dried, mounted in Aquamount, and examined with a Nikon Microphot FX epiflourescence microscope.

Electron Microscopy Near-confluent cultures of primary lung cells or the established RL-65 line were prepared for electron microscopy by washing the cells with serum-free F12/DME, diluting the medium 1 :1 with 2.5% gluteraldehyde in 0.2M phosphate buffer (pH 7.2), then fixing overnight in 2.5% gluteraldehyde. Alternatively, cells were grown on collagen coated Transwell membrane inserts (Costar) in 6-well trays, and fixed as above. Cultures were postfixed in 1% buffered Osθ4, dehydrated in alcohol, and embedded in Polybed (Polysciences, Inc.). Sections cut on a Reichart OmU3 ultratome were stained in 3% aqueous uranyl acetate at 50°C for 1 hr. and examined with a Phillips 300 microscope. Quantitative Assay of Growth. Cells were seeded into 60mm dishes and counted on day 5. Cells were dispersed by trypsinization and counted with a Coulter counter (Model ZF). Viability was determined by the ethidium bromide/acridine orange method (Parks etal., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 76:1962-1966 [1979]). Thymidine incorporation studies were done at 24, 48, and 72 hours after plating. Cultures which were seeded at 5x10 4 cells/60mm dish (4ml/dish) were pulsed for 3 hrs. with 1 uCi/ml 3 H thymidine. Dishes were rinsed 1x in serum-free F12/DME, then rinsed 2x in 5% trichloroacetic acid (TCA). One ml of 0.1 N

NaOH was added to each dish and after 15 minutes 0.5 ml from each dish was transferred to a 7.5ml mini-vial. To each vial was added 3.5ml of scintillation fluid and 200 ml of 40% acetic

acid. Vials were counted for 1 minute each in a Beckman 3800 counter. This assay can be appropriately scaled for use in smaller or larger culture dishes as needed. Ultrastucture. The most prominent feature of the primary cultures grown in 11 F supplemented with BPE are expanded ER and numerous microvilli. Additionally, there are many microfilaments, connected together by desmosomes on cellular processes. Cells grown in the presence of retinoic acid had a markedly different morphology exhibiting more densely packed colonies and a complete absence of cornification or keratinization.

In the presence of retinoic acid (O.OδmM), the epithelium resembles a low non- keratinized transitional or squamous epithelium. As in a typical epithelium of this type, basal cells are cuboidal in shape and apical cells more squamous. The absence of retinoic acid in the culture medium totally alters the morphological appearance of the cultures. Cells grown on membrane inserts exhibit an epithelium which is very obviously keratinized. In cultures which have been grown long enough to be a few cells deep, the apical cells (distal to the membrane) become flattened, whereas the basal cells are cuboidal. Desmosomes are prominent as are numerous epidimal filaments. Filaments are observed throughout the epithelium, even in the basal cells.

When cultures in the absence of retinoic acid are allowed to grow longer, the epithelium becomes more stratified and so highly keratinized that the apical cells die. Sections cut parallel to the filter membrane reveal elaborate networks of epidermal filaments. Viewed at high magnification, the organelles of this highly differentiated, keratinized, stratified epithelium are seen to be highly developed. Desmosomes, indistinguishable from normal skin, are associated with typical tonofilaments. Large granules, similar to keratinophylan granules are also observed in these cells, especially in cells near the apical surface of the epithelium. Epidermal filaments are particularly well developed in these cells. In sections cut parallel to the filter membrane, they appear in semiregular patterns of swirls and circles.

Phenotype of RL-65. The primary and secondary lung cultures, as well as the established cell line RL-65, grown in the absence of retinoic acid, exhibit characteristics typical of epithelial cells. The cells were found to contain alpha keratin, as determined by indirect immunoflourescence, as well as other cytoskeletal proteins, actin, desmin, vimentin and tubulin. In addition, the cells reacted positively with antisera against the rat cell attachment proteins fibronectin and laminin. The nitroblue tetrazolium dye reduction in the presence of NADPH is present in RL-65. This is specific for alveolar macrophages, alveolar type II cells, and non-ciliated bronchiolar epithelial (Clara) cells. RL-65 secrets IGF-I in the presence of retinoic acid; exhibits enkephalinase-like activity; exhibits transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) activity and binding; has acetylated LDL metabolism, produces endothelin and has abundant smooth endoplasmic reticulum.

Confirmation of Clara Cell Phenotype for RL-65 The repeated isolation of a Clara cell-like phenotype has been accomplished using the isolation methods disclosed. This cell type has been isolated from rat peripheral lung 7 times, from dissected rat bronchioles 2 times and from isolated mouse Clara cell populations (80% pure) 2 times. Characterization, in terms of nitroblue tetrazolium (NBT) dye reduction in the presence of NADPH, PGE-2 and thromboxane systhesis, prostaglandin synthetase and P-450 reductase has been consistent in the three cell types. The cells look morphologically the same in culture as illustrated in the figure 6 a-c. Figure 6a shows RL-65 in culture; 6b shows rat bronchilole primary cell culture; and, 6c shows mouse Clara cells in primary cell culture. Morphologically all three cells appear the same in culture. The combination of morphological appearance in culture and the presence of specific markers supports the characterization of the RL-65 as being of Clara- eell origin, or as a precursor of this cell type.

The properties of RL-65 used to identify them as Clara cells may be summarized as follows: 1. NBT dye reduction in the presence of NADPh. 2 Cytochromes P-450j and P-450n

3. Cytochrome P-450 reductase

4. Prostaglandin synthetase

5. Thromboxane 6. Abundantsmooth endoplasmic reticulum 7. Actively secretory

EXAMPLE 3 LUNG CELL ASSAY SYSTEM Mammalian epithelial lung cells produced by the method of Example 1 may be used to assay for the presence of growth promoting substances. The cell is used as a biological indicator with the growth of the lung cell serving as the assay for the presence of the growth promoting substance during the purification process. The lung cell may be used to assay fractions from any commonly practiced purification procedures, such as ion exchange chromatography, affinity chromatography, isoelectric focusing, gel exclusion chromatography, centrifugation, electrophoresis and other methods which separate various molecules on the basis of their physical or chemical properties. Specific methods suitable for separating the growth promoting substances are more fully described in volume 1 or 2, Current Protocols in Molecular Biology, Wiley Interscience (1989), Chapter 10, Analysis of Protein, specifically describes preferred methods for separating protein. One type of growth promoting factor which may be purified by the lung cells of the present invention is the pituitary extract factor which promotes growth of the epithelial lung cells of Example 1. For example, if the lung cells are rat lung cells and the pituitary extract

is bovine, the following illustrates the procedures to be used. The rat lung cell utilized is designated RL-65.


A. 108S Pituitary Extract Preparation Bovine pituitary extract (BPE) is made by homogenizing 105 g mixed sex bovine pituitaries in 250 ml cold 0.15 M NaCI for 10 minutes in a blender. The homogenate is then transferred to a cold beaker and stirred for 90 minutes έit 4 * C. Next it is centrifuged at 4 * C for 40 minutes at 9800 x g. The pellet -. discarded and the supernatant is aliquoted into 50 ml polypropylene tubes and at this point can be stored at -20'C. Aliquots are filtered through a 0.8m filter and then subjected to ultracentlfugation at 108,000 x g for 3 hours. The supernatant is carefully decanted, filter sterilized through a 0.22 m filter, and stored in 5 ml polypropylene "snap-cap" tubes at -70'C.

B. Bioassay

1. Cell Number Cells are plated in 60 mm dishes (4ml/dish) at a seed density of 5 x 10 4 cells/dish and counted on day 5 using a Coulter Counter ZF. Alternatively, cells are plated in 35 mm wells (6-well trays, 2ml/well) at a seed density of 2.5 x 10 4 cells/well and counted on day 5.

2. Thymidine incorporation

Thymidine incorporation studies were done at 24, 48 and 72 hours after plating. Cultures which were seeded at 5x10 4 cells 60 mm dish (4ml/dish) or at 2.5 x 10 4 /well (6- well tray, 2ml/well) were pulsed for 3 hours with 1 uCi/ml 3 H thymidine. Dishes were rinsed 1x in serum-free F12/DME, then rinsed 2x in 5% trichloroacetic acid (TCA). One ml of 0.1 N NaOH was added to each dish and after 15 minutes 0.5 ml from each dish was transferred to a 7.5 ml mini-vial. To each vial was added 3.5ml of scintillation fluid and 200 ml of 40% acetic acid. Vials were counted for i minute each in a Beckman 3800 counter.


Purification of Bovine Pituitary Extract (108S) Mitogenic Activity on RL-65 Rat Lung Ceils

Expected purification of 108S on combined HTP/anti-BSA column is 50-100 fold 56% 0.5%

A. P-300 gel filtration. To concentrate on collecting fractions in the 50-1 OOKd range, where mitogenic activity exists.

B. Heparin-sepharose and conA column to remove growth factors and attached proteins. C. aBSA IgG column. To remove albumin and have a mitogenic eluate which can be further purified by use of HPLC. D. Hydroxylapatite or HPLC.

* Variations of the above scheme may be developed by substituting or adding other types of chromotography and by varying the ionic strength and pH of the solvent.

EXAMPLE 4 RECOMBINANT PRODUCTION OF HUMAN LUNG SURFACTANT IN LUNG CELL CULTURE The cell line RL-65 was transformed by a recombinant expression vector to produce human lung surfactant protein C (SPC). The DNA encoding SPC was prepared according to the procedures previously described and SPC was expressed as previously by recombinant methods using published necleotide and amino acid sequences (Glasser, etal., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 84:4007 [1987]; Jacobs, etal, J. Biol. Chem 262:9898 [1987]; Floras, etal., J. Biol Chem.261 -9029 [1986]; White, etal, Nature 317:361 [1985]; Glasser, etal, J. Biol. Chem 263:9 [1988]; Glasser etal., J. Biol. Chem.263:10326 [1988]; and Jobe et al., Am. Rev. Resp. Dis. 136:1032 [1987]). The plasmid pdH135 containing an SV40 promoter in expression plasmid pSVI was transfected into RL-65 using lipofectin from BRL, Inc. The DNA sequence of plasmid pSVI is shown in figure 7. The plasmid pSVI was constructed from pRK5 (described in EP 307,247 where the pCIS2.8c28D starting plasmid is described in EP 278,776 published Aug. 17,1988) and pE348DHFRUC (Vannice and Levinson, J. Virology, 62:1305- 1313). The cell were plated in either 12-well trays at 5X ' 10 5 cells/well or in 60mm dishes at 1 x 10 6 cells/dish in 7F media without bovine pituitary extract.

In 60 mm dishes the following concentrations of reagents were used: 10 μl dh135 at a concentration of 1.5 μg/μl 4.0 μl dhfr at a concentration of 430 ng/μl.

40 μl Lipofectin 106 μl water

The above is added to each 60 mm plate containing 5 ml medium + 7F + BPE. In 12-well trays the following concentration of reagents were used: 36 μl dh135 at a concentration of 1.5 μg/μl 13 μl dhfr at a concentration of 430 ng/μl 158.4 μl Lipofectin

288 μl water A total of 33 μl per well was used in each 1.0 ml well.

The dishes or trays were incubated for 72 hours after which they were washed with serum-free medium F12/DME and 7F medium was added back in GHT-F12/DME. The cells were titrated with methyltrexate, with optimum at 50-1 OOmM. The cells were maintained in this medium and periodically assayed for SPC by spotting onto nitrocellulose, incubating in the presence of SPC antibody overnight and visualizing with an alkaline phosphatase immunostaining technique using antibody specific for SPC. The nitrocellulose membrane was placed in a 96-well vacuum manifold (Schleicher and Schuel) and 200ml of conditioned medium added per well. Vacuum was applied to the manifold and the conditioned medium was drawn through the nitrocellulose membrane. The nitrocellulose membrane was air dried and placed in 0.5% Tween-20 for blocking, then incubated in anti-SPC rabbit antibody (1 :500) overnight at 4'C. The nitrocellulose membrane was washed in 0.05% tween-20 three times, then incubated in 1% goat serum for 15 min at room temperature(RT). Goat anti-rabbit IgG- alkaline phosphatase (1 :1000) was added and incubated at RT for 40 min. The membrane was washed at RT in 0.05% NP-40 for 10 min., in 0.05% Tween-20 for 10 min. and CHES buffer for 10 min. The membrane was then assayed for alkaline phosphatase using standard procedures.

The amount of surfactant produced by the cells and released into 10-day conditioned medium was determined by growing the transformed RL-65 cells for 10 days and removing 200 ml of conditioned medium, spotting it on nitrocellulose as described above. One well of a 24 well tray, clone 5, produced a spot on nitrocellulose indicating the conditioned media contained 1.1 mg/ml human lung surfactant C.


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