Recombinant Human Granulysin Protein, CF

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Recombinant Human Granulysin Protein, CF Summary

Product Specifications

>95%, by SDS-PAGE under reducing conditions and visualized by silver stain
Endotoxin Level
<1.0 EU per 1 μg of the protein by the LAL method.
Measured by its ability to induce RANTES secretion by THP‑1 human acute monocytic leukemia cells. The ED50 for this effect is 0.3-1 µg/mL, in the presence of 10 µg/mL of a cross-linking antibody Mouse Anti-polyHistidine Monoclonal Antibody (Catalog # MAB050).
Mouse myeloma cell line, NS0-derived human Granulysin protein
Met1-Leu145, with a C-terminal 10-His tag
Accession #
N-terminal Sequence
Predicted Molecular Mass
15.4 kDa
15 ‑ 16 kDa, reducing conditions

Product Datasheets

3138-GN/CF (carrier free)

Carrier Free

What does CF mean?

CF stands for Carrier Free (CF). We typically add Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) as a carrier protein to our recombinant proteins. Adding a carrier protein enhances protein stability, increases shelf-life, and allows the recombinant protein to be stored at a more dilute concentration. The carrier free version does not contain BSA.

What formulation is right for me?

In general, we advise purchasing the recombinant protein with BSA for use in cell or tissue culture, or as an ELISA standard. In contrast, the carrier free protein is recommended for applications, in which the presence of BSA could interfere.


Formulation Lyophilized from a 0.2 μm filtered solution in Sodium Citrate and NaCl.
Reconstitution Reconstitute at 100 μg/mL in sterile PBS.
Shipping The product is shipped at ambient temperature. Upon receipt, store it immediately at the temperature recommended below.
Stability & Storage: Use a manual defrost freezer and avoid repeated freeze-thaw cycles.
  • 12 months from date of receipt, -20 to -70 °C as supplied.
  • 1 month, 2 to 8 °C under sterile conditions after reconstitution.
  • 3 months, -20 to -70 °C under sterile conditions after reconstitution.
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Background: Granulysin

Granulysin (formerly NKG5 or Lymphokine LAG-2) is a member of the saposin-like protein (SAPLIP) family of membrane disrupting proteins (1). Granulysin is expressed in granules of natural killer and activated cytotoxic T cells. It exhibits cytolytic activity against intracellular or extracellular microbes and also tumors, either alone or in synergy with perforin (2). Human granulysin has structural similarity and 30 - 40% aa identity to granulysins and NK-lysins of other mammals such as bovine, porcine and canine; similar peptides in rodents have not been identified (1). The 15 kDa unglycosylated protein contains five helical domains; helix 2 and 3 contain 9 arginines and one cysteine critical for activity. Peptides of either helix 2 or 3 will lyse bacteria, while helix 3 is needed to lyse tumor targets (3, 4). One isoform designated 519 uses a different start codon, has no signal peptide sequence and is poorly expressed (5). A post-translationally processed 9 kDa form is present in acidified granules and is less lytic than the 15 kDa form at granule pH (6). IL-15 is necessary and sufficient for granulysin upregulation in CD8 T cells (2). Nanomolar granulysin promotes chemotaxis and increases production of chemokines by monocytic cells, while micromolar local concentrations are needed for lysis (7). Experimental evidence supports the following mechanism for activity against intracellular pathogens (8). First, granulysin forms clusters in lipid rafts due to interaction of positive charges in helices 2-3 with acidic sphingolipids. After endocytosis, early endosomes fuse with phagosomes, probably regulated by small GTPase rab5. Granulysin binds microbial membranes through charge interactions and disrupts them, probably via scissoring actions of granulysin molecules (9, 10).

  1. Clayberger, C. and A.M. Krensky (2003) Curr. Opin. Immunol. 15:560.
  2. Ma, L.L. et al. (2002) J. Immunol. 169:5787.
  3. Wang, Z. et al. (2000) J. Immunol. 165:1486.
  4. Linde, C.M.A. et al. (2005) Infect. Immun. 73:6332.
  5. Yabe, T. et al. (1990) J. Exp. Med. 172:1159.
  6. Hanson, D.A. et al. (1999) Mol. Immunol. 36:413.
  7. Deng, A. et al. (2005) J. Immunol. 174:5243.
  8. Walch, M. et al. (2005) J. Immunol. 174:4220.
  9. Ernst, W.A. et al. (2000) J. Immunol. 165:7102.
  10. Anderson, D.H. et al. (2003) J. Mol. Biol. 325:355.
Entrez Gene IDs
10578 (Human)
Alternate Names
D2S69Elymphocyte-activation gene 2; GNLY; Granulysin; LAG2; LAG-2; Lymphokine LAG-2; Lymphokine; NKG5; NKG5519; Protein NKG5; TLA519; TLA519T-cell activation protein 519; T-lymphocyte activation gene 519

Citations for Recombinant Human Granulysin Protein, CF

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  1. Antimicrobial Properties of an Immunomodulator - 15 kDa Human Granulysin
    Authors: Hung-Mu Wei
    PLoS ONE, 2016;11(6):e0156321.
    Species: Bacteria - E. Coli
    Sample Types: Whole Cells
    Applications: Bioassay
  2. Phenotypic and Functional Characterization of NK Cells in Human Immune Response against the Dimorphic Fungus Paracoccidioides brasiliensis.
    Authors: Longhi LN, da Silva RM, Fornazim MC, Spago MC, de Oliveira RT, Nowill AE, Blotta MH, Mamoni RL
    J. Immunol., 2012;189(2):935-45.
    Species: Yeast
    Sample Types: Whole Cells
    Applications: Bioassay
  3. Granulysin activates antigen-presenting cells through TLR4 and acts as an immune alarmin.
    Authors: Tewary P, Yang D, de la Rosa G
    Blood, 2010;116(18):3465-74.
    Species: Human
    Sample Types: Whole Cells
    Applications: Bioassay


  1. This protein datasheet indicates I need to use a cross-linking antibody, Catalog # MAB050, for biological activity. What is this antibody and is it really necessary?

    • The antibody is directed against a 6x histidine repeat and is recommended for use as a cross-linker of proteins with 6x his-tag. Crosslinking is often used for proteins that require receptor trimerization and can result greater biological activity. R&D Systems Quality Control tests the performance of these proteins in the presence of the cross-linking antibody. Therefore, it is necessary to use this antibody when trying to achieve the same level of specific activity described in the datasheet.

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