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EMBO J. Nov 1987; 6(11): 3385–3389.
PMCID: PMC553795

The bovine leukemia virus p34 is a transactivator protein.

Abstract

Recombinant Moloney murine retroviruses containing the BLV post-envelope long open reading frame were constructed and transfected into the psi 2 packaging cell line. They were shown to encode and to express a 34-kd protein able to transactivate the BLV long terminal repeat-directed gene expression in the respective transfected cells. These data demonstrate that the BLV X-LOR gene encodes a p34 transactivator product. Furthermore, the different cell lines produced infectious recombinant retroviruses capable of transferring X-LOR genes into recipient cells. The availability of the BLV transactivator protein should allow us to understand the role of the transactivator protein in BLV-induced leukemogenesis.

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