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Cell. 1982 May;29(1):183-93.

Attenuation in the control of SV40 gene expression.


Nuclei and viral transcriptional complexes were prepared from cells infected with simian virus 40 and incubated in vitro in the presence of alpha- 32P-UTP. The in vitro elongated viral RNA appeared with a peak of 5S in sucrose gradients and hybridized preferentially to a promoter-proximal region of SV40 DNA. Treatment of infected cells with proflavine led to transcription of elongated RNA, while treatment of cells with 5,6-dichloro-1-beta-d-ribofuranosylbenzimidazole, a drug known to enhance premature termination, augmented accumulation of the promoter-proximal RNA. The in vitro elongated RNA produced a major band of 93-95 nucleotides in length in acrylamide gel. This RNA was found to map between the major initiation site at nucleotide 243 and nucleotides 335-337. The significance of these observations with respect to the transcription termination signal and the control of SV40 gene expression is discussed.

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