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Science. 1984 Dec 7;226(4679):1204-6.

The long terminal repeat sequences of a novel human endogenous retrovirus.


The complete nucleotide sequence of both the 5' and 3' long terminal repeats (LTR's) has been determined for a human endogenous retroviral genome. These sequences are 593 and 590 nucleotides long and have diverged from one another by 8.8 percent. The LTR's resemble those of functional mammalian type C retroviruses in length and in the presence and location of eukaryotic promoter sequences. The 5' LTR is followed by a presumptive primer binding site unlike that of any known mammalian type C retrovirus, exhibiting 17 out of 18 nucleotides complementary to arginine transfer RNA rather than proline transfer RNA.

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