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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1990 Jan 15;166(1):1-10.

Transcription of human endogenous retroviral long terminal repeat (LTR) sequence in a lung cancer cell line.

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Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology, Osaka University, Suita, Japan.


The human genome carries several endogenous retroviral sequences. One of them that we named 'HERV-A', carries almost the complete sequence of the long terminal repeat (LTR), and is located in the 5' region of the amylase genes (M.Emi, A.Horii, N.Tomita, T.Nishide, M.Ogawa, T. Mori and K.Matsubara, Gene 62: 229-235, 1988). Using this sequence as a probe, we found a 1.4 kb LTR transcript(s) in a lung cancer cell line. No corresponding transcript was observed in control cells. Two partial, but different cDNA clones were obtained, and each one was found to be a transcript starting within human sequences at 5' upstream from the LTR and ending within the LTR sequence.

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