Research Resources

Robust, validated cell, disease and animal models are critical to accelerate research and drug discovery and development for CFTR nonsense mutations. A lack of model systems to support investigation of CFTR nonsense mutations has previously served as a barrier to progress. At Emily’s Entourage, we are deeply committed to investing in and developing the most rigorously tested model systems and research resources. 

CFTR nonsense mutation resources available to the research community include:

Complementary DNA Constructs

cDNA constructs expressing mutated (W1282X-CFTR) and truncated CFTR produced by the W1282X-CFTR mutation (CFTR1281) are available from Peter Haggie, PhD, University of California, San Francisco. Constructs were generated in pcDNA3.1/Zeo(+), and can be readily subcloned into alternative vectors. Generation of these cDNA constructs was supported by Emily’s Entourage. 


Cell Models

Rat thyroid epithelial cell models

  • Fischer rat thyroid (FRT) cell models expressing W1282X-CFTR and CFTR1281 (with the EYFP-H148Q/I152L/F46L halide-sensitive reporter) are available from Peter Haggie, PhD, University of California, San Francisco. These cell models are amenable to fluorescence and electrophysiological assessment of CFTR activity. Generation of these cell models was supported by Emily’s Entourage.

Immortalized airway epithelial cell models  

  • Immortalized CFBE41o- airway epithelial cells expressing W1282X-CFTR or CFTR1281 with engineered triplet HA epitope tags, to facilitate biochemistry and cell surface presentation, have been generated by Gergerly Lukacs, MD, PhD, McGill University. 

Growth enhanced airway epithelial cell models

  • Near-native, growth-enhanced homozygous W1282X-CFTR nasal epithelial cells expressing a proto-oncogene (Bmi-1) and the catalytic subunit of telomerase (hTERT) are available from Scott Randell, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Further information is available here. Generation of these cell models was supported by Emily’s Entourage. 

Gene edited airway epithelial cell models

  • Gene edited immortalized 16HBE14o- human bronchial epithelial cells expressing W1282X-CFTR (and additional CFTR mutations) have been generated by and can be requested by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Lab.

Stem cell model

Rectal organoids


Murine Models

Murine models to investigate Cystic Fibrosis (CF) pathology, including models of CF caused by nonsense mutations are available from Craig Hodges, PhD, at the Case Western Reserve University Cystic Fibrosis Mouse Model Core.


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