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Mol Cell Biol. 1988 Jan;8(1):301-8.

Identification of a common ecotropic viral integration site, Evi-1, in the DNA of AKXD murine myeloid tumors.

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Mammalian Genetics Laboratory, National Cancer Institute, Frederick, Maryland 21701.


AKXD-23 recombinant inbred mice develop myeloid tumors at a high frequency, unlike other AKXD recombinant inbred strains which develop B-cell lymphomas, T-cell lymphomas, or both. AKXD-23 myeloid tumors are monoclonal, and their DNA contains somatically acquired proviruses, suggesting that they are retrovirally induced. We identified a common site of ecotropic proviral integration that is present in the DNA of all AKXD-23 myeloid tumors that were analyzed and in the DNA of all myeloid tumors that occur in AKXD strains other than AKXD-23. We designated this locus Evi-1 (ecotropic viral integration site 1). Rearrangements in the Evi-1 locus were also detected in the DNA of a number of myeloid tumors and myeloid cell lines isolated from strains other than AKXD. In contrast, few Evi-1 rearrangements were detected in the DNA of T- or B-cell tumors. Evi-1 may thus identify a new proto-oncogene locus that is involved in myeloid disease.

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