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Expression of minute virus of mice structural proteins in murine cell lines transformed by bovine papillomavirus-minute virus of mice plasmid chimera.

By D Pintel, M J Merchlinsky and D C Ward


Recombinant plasmids containing the genomes of both bovine papillomavirus type I and minute virus of mice (MVM) were constructed and used to transform mouse C127 cells. Transformed lines that express MVM gene products with high efficiency were isolated and characterized. These transformants synthesize large amounts of MVM structural polypeptides and spontaneously assemble them into empty virion particles that are released into the culture medium. These lines were, however, genetically unstable; they slowly generated subpopulations that failed to express MVM-specific proteins, and they possessed episomal DNA in which both MVM and bovine papillomavirus sequences were deleted or rearranged, or both. Clonal isolates of these transformants were also superinfectible by infectious MVM virus. Therefore, in spite of their instability, they should be useful host cell lines for transcomplementing mutations introduced into the MVM genome and for growing defective viruses as virions

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1984
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:254529
Provided by: PubMed Central
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