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C R Acad Sci III. 1998 Oct;321(10):857-63.

Endogenous retroviruses and multiple sclerosis. II. HERV-7q.

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  • 1Inserm, Paris, France.


The search for new endogenous retroviral sequences, on the basis of sequence homologies with the pol gene of the recently reported multiple sclerosis associated retrovirus (MSRV), allowed us to identify a full length endogenous retrovirus sequence located on the long arm of human chromosome 7. This retrovirus, HERV-7q, includes in its env region, within a single 1,620 bp open reading frame, a 664 bp domain almost identical to a 3' non-coding region of the rab7 gene. Transcripts encompassing both the env and the 3' LTR regions of HERV-7q have already been identified as expressed sequence tags, suggesting that this env-like gene might code for a 538 amino acid long deduced protein.

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