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HeLa cell culture: a selection of current research using these immortal cells

There can be few medical scientists who have not heard of HeLa cells; the cultured cell line derived from the biopsy of a glandular cervical cancer from an American woman named Henrietta Lacks. The full history both of the lady and her immortal cells is charted eloquently by Rebecca Skloot in her book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Here, some 70 years since the tissue was taken, Pathology in Practice Science Editor Brian Nation compiles a small selection of recent research undertaken using HeLa cells.

Nuclear localization of propiece IL-1α in HeLa cells

Kudo Y, Tamagawa T, Nishio K, Kaneko T, Yonehara Y, Tsunoda M. J Oral Sci. 2022 Apr 1; 64 (2): 151–5. doi: 10.2334/josnusd.21-0540.

This study aimed to examine the nuclear localisation of propiece interleukin (IL)-1α (ppIL-1α) and extracellular release rates of ppIL-1α, pIL-1α and mIL-1α.

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