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Mol Cell Biol. 1984 Apr;4(4):749-54.

Expression of complete chicken thymidine kinase gene inserted in a retrovirus vector.


The chicken thymidine kinase (tk) gene was inserted into spleen necrosis virus. Thymidine kinase activity was expressed even when the promoter and terminator sequences for tk RNA synthesis were retained. When the promoter was present in the same orientation as the promoter in the long terminal repeat of the virus, deletions occurred both in the virus and in the tk gene, and the thymidine kinase-transforming activity of the recovered virus was low. Splicing of apparent intervening sequences in the tk gene was also observed. When the orientation of the tk promoter was opposite to the promoter in the long terminal repeat, virus synthesis was diminished, whereas thymidine kinase activity was expressed at an elevated level compared with virus in which the promoter was in the same orientation. However, when the apparent tk promoter was deleted from virus with the tk gene in the opposite orientation, a high level of virus synthesis was observed, probably as a result of absence of interference of RNA synthesis from converging promoters. The intervening sequences in the virus in which the promoters were in opposite orientation were not spliced.

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