Recombinant human CD74 for cancer and immunology research

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A recombinant chimeric version of CD74 containing the human extracellular domain, which binds MIF-1 and MIF-2 and has the potential as a valuable research tool for cancer and immunology studies examining the CD74-MIF axis.

Technology Overview
CD74 interactions with migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a growing area of cancer and immunology research.  However, current recombinant versions of CD74 have a limited ability to bind MIF.  Researchers at OHSU have developed an E. coli-expressed recombinant version of human CD74 with the following properties:

  • Improved binding of MIF-1 and MIF-2, as compared to commercially available versions of recombinant CD74.
  • Demonstrated ability to bind several antibodies currently used in human CD74 biology research and recombinant human and mouse Class II proteins.
  • Stable, with no decrease in activity, when stored at -80 °C in glycerol for up to 6 months.

Meza-Romero et al., “Increased CD74 binding and EAE treatment efficacy of a modified DRα1 molecular construct.” Metabolic Brain Disease 2019. Link
Benedek et al., “MIF and D-DT are potential disease severity modifiers in male MS subjects.” PNAS 2017. Link

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Anne Carlson
Assoc Dir, Tech Dev & Licensing
Oregon Health & Science University
Roberto Meza-Romero
Arthur Vandenbark
Gil Benedek
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Biological Materials - Protein/Peptides
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