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Mol Cell Biol. 1986 Jun;6(6):2033-40.

Retrovirus shuttle vector for study of kinase activities of pp60c-src synthesized in vitro and overproduced in vivo.


We have constructed a recombinant murine retrovirus which efficiently transduces avian pp60c-src into murine cells and which is easily rescued from infected cells in plasmid form. To characterize the virus, several randomly selected NIH 3T3 lines were isolated after infection with recombinant retroviral stocks. All lines overproduced avian pp60c-src and appeared morphologically normal. Immunoprecipitates made from these lines with antisera specific for pp60c-src were tested for their kinase activities in vitro. We find that both autokinase and enolase kinase activities increase proportionately with the level of pp60c-src in the immunoprecipitates. To further test the authenticity of the pp60c-src encoded by the retroviral vector, these analyses were repeated in the presence of polyomavirus middle T antigen. Avian pp60c-src was activated as a protein kinase, indicating that the virally encoded pp60c-src interacts normally with middle T antigen. Interestingly, by increasing the intracellular levels of pp60c-src 15-fold over normal endogenous levels, we were unable to obtain a proportionate increase in the amount of middle-T-antigen-pp60c-src complex. Finally, using the shuttle features designed into the vector, we have isolated the first fully processed cDNA encoding functional avian pp60c-src X pp60c-src synthesized in vitro with this cDNA had intrinsic protein kinase activity and no detectable phosphatidylinositol kinase activity.

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