Expression of the gene encoding the adenovirus DNA terminal protein precursor in productively infected and transformed cells

M. H. Binger, S. J. Flint, D. M. Rekosh

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The major product of in vitro translation of early RNA prepared from H5ts125-infected cells and selected by hybridization to adenoviral DNA fragments spanning the region from 14.7 to 31.5 map units has been shown to be identical to the 87-kilodalton terminal protein precursor. A 72- to 75-kilodalton polypeptide whose mRNA can be selected by DNA from this same region and made in the presence of anisomycin was indistinguishable from the 72-kilodalton single-stranded DNA-binding protein encoded by the region from 60.1 to 66.6 map units. The accumulation of cytoplasmic RNA sequences complementary to these l-strand genes under various conditions of infection and in certain lines of transformed cells has been investigated by solution hybridization of cytoplasmic RNA to the separated strands of restriction endonuclease fragments of adenoviral DNA. During the early phase, RNA sequences complementary to the region from 11.6 to 36.7 map units were present at a concentration of 10 to 60 copies per cell, regardless of the nature of the block used to inhibit viral DNA synthesis. By 24 h after infection in the absence of any sun block, sequences complementary to the regions from 11.6 to 18.2 maps units (IVa2) and from 18.6 to 36.7 map units (E2B) accumulated to concentrations of 4,800 and 280 copies per cell, respectively. The ratio of cytoplasmic E2A RNA sequences to E2B RNA sequences remained close to 10:1 throughout the time period investigated. Of the transformed cell lines which retained E2B DNA sequences that were examined, only the T2C4 line expressed these sequences in cytoplasmic RNA. The implications of these observations for regulation of expression of the adenoviral early l-strand genes are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)488-501
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of virology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1982

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Insect Science
  • Virology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology


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