• hybridoma;
  • microarray;
  • transcriptome;
  • immunoglobulin;
  • quantitative PCR


Hyperosmotic stress has been shown to increase specific antibody productivity in murine hybridoma systems; however, the mechanisms underlying this phenomenon are still poorly understood. To elucidate the mechanisms for this phenomenon as well as other physiological changes that occur in response to hyperosmotic stress, we performed a genome-wide analysis of the transcriptional response of murine hybridoma OKT3 toward hyperosmotic stress using DNA microarrays. GeneChip® MOE430A from Affymetrix was used to determine the differences in transcription patterns between OKT3 in hyperosmotic culture (∼100 mOsm above control) and control culture. The chip contains 22,690 probe sets for over 14,000 known genes and more than 4,000 ESTs. Signals were normalized using the GC-RMA algorithm and the effectiveness of hyperosmotic stress in altering the expression of each gene was evaluated using one-way ANOVA. 2,793 probe sets on the chip were differentially expressed with a P < 0.05. Among them, 349 probe sets exhibited a two-fold or greater change (with 202 up-regulated and 147 down-regulated) at one or more time points. Within the 215 characterized, differentially expressed genes, many are involved in metabolism/catabolism (19 induced, 12 repressed), cell-cycle regulation (10 induced, 5 repressed) and apoptosis (8 induced, 2 repressed), regulation of transcription (18 induced, 13 repressed) and translation (2 induced, 2 repressed), transport and signaling pathways (24 induced, 12 repressed). Surprisingly, there were very few changes within the stress-response genes. Interestingly, the transcription levels of both the immunoglobulin kappa and lambda light chains showed a significant change in response to hyperosmotic stress, although there is no detectable lambda chain in the immunoglobulin produced in this cell line. Quantitative PCR assays with TaqMan® probes were applied to selected genes to validate the results obtained from microarray analysis. © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.