Faculty Research 1980 - 1989


Identification of functional regions in the transforming protein of Fujinami sarcoma virus by in-phase insertion mutagenesis.

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Avian-Sarcoma-Viruses: ge, Base-Sequence, Cell-Line, Cloning-Molecular, DNA: an, DNA-Insertion-Elements, DNA-Restriction-Enzymes, Genes-Structural, Genes-Viral, Mutation, Plasmids, Rats, SUPPORT-NON-U-S-GOVT, Transfection, Viral-Proteins: ge

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Cell. 1984 Jun; 37(2):549-58.


A novel mutagenesis procedure based on the insertion of a hexameric nucleotide sequence into Rsa I restriction sites of cloned DNA has been applied to a copy of the Fujinami sarcoma virus (FSV) genome with the aim of identifying functional regions in the transforming protein. Mutations specifying peptide insertions in both the NH2- and the COOH-terminal fps-specific portions of the transforming protein reduce or abolish the capacity of the genome to induce transformed foci in rat-2 cells. Insertion of multiple copies of the hexamer into one central position in the oncogene results in dislocation of the NH2- and COOH-terminal regions in the primary structure, but has no inhibitory effect on focus induction. Taken together, the results imply that both the NH2- and COOH-terminal fps-specific portions of the FSV oncogene product possess determinants which function in fibroblast transformation, and that cooperation of these two regions is not sensitive to their separation in the primary structure.

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