Two 'early' mRNA species in adenovirus type 2 transformed rat cells

S. J. Flint

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mRNA isolated from adenovirus 2-infected HeLa cells at early times during the productive cycle and from two lines of adenovirus 2-transformed rat embryo cells (F17 and T2C4) was fractionated on sucrose gradients after disaggregation. Viral mRNA species were identified by hybridization across such gradients with the separated strands of restriction endonuclease fragments of 32P-labeled DNA known to be complementary to adenovirus 2 'early' and adenovirus 2-transformed cell mRNA. mRNA transcribed from the left-hand 14% of the adenovirus 2 genome was found to comprise two species, 16 to 17S and 20 to 21S: the same sized mRNA's were present both at early times during productive infection and in the two transformed rat cell lines. Direct comparison of the sequences present in these two mRNA species by additional saturation hybridizations suggests that they are not related to one another. Three additional regions of the adenovirus 2 genome all of which are located in the right-hand 40% of the adenovirus 2 genome, are complementary to early mRNA sequences: each of these appears to specify one major mRNA species of about 22S. Thus, five major species of adenovirus type 2 early mRNA have been identified. Two of these, copied from the left-hand 14% of the viral genome, are also present in adenovirus 2-transformed rat cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-52
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of virology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1977

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Insect Science
  • Virology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology


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