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Int J Cancer. 1988 Sep 15;42(3):405-13.

Co-operation in cell transformation between BK virus and the human c-Harvey-ras oncogene.

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  • 1Institute of Microbiology, School of Medicine, University of Ferrara, Italy.


Early-passage hamster embryo cells were transformed by recombinant DNA molecules containing BK virus (BKV) early-region gene and either the activated c-Ha-ras oncogene (pBK/c-rasA) or the normal c-Ha-ras proto-oncogene (pBK/c-rasN). The recombinant DNAs had a greater transforming ability and converted hamster cells to a more malignant phenotype than the single genes transfected separately. pBK/c-rasA was significantly more powerful than pBK/c-rasN in conferring to cells all the characteristics of transformation. Transfected DNA sequences were integrated mostly as single insertions into cellular DNA. Specific c-Ha-ras and BKV transcripts as well as c-Ha-ras p21 and BKV T antigen were detected in transformed cells. Although stimulation of c-Ha-ras expression by BKV enhancers cannot be excluded in recombinants, super-transfection and co-transfection experiments in hamster embryo cells and pre-neoplastic cell lines showed that BKV early-region and c-Ha-ras co-operate in transformation by contributing separate and independent functions.

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