Structural analysis of a 1.7-kilobase mouse mammary tumor virus-specific RNA.

TitleStructural analysis of a 1.7-kilobase mouse mammary tumor virus-specific RNA.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1983
Authorsvan Ooyen AJ, Michalides RJ, Nusse R
JournalJ Virol
Date PublishedMay
ISSN0022-538X (Print); 0022-538X (Linking)
AbstractWe have detected a mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV)-specific 1.7-kilobase (kb) polyadenylated RNA in mammary glands of several mouse strains. In BALB/c mice, it is the only MMTV-specific RNA species present. C3H and GR mammary glands and tumors contain, in addition, 3.8- and 7.8-kb MMTV RNAs. Nuclease S1 analysis was performed to map 1.7-kb polyadenylated RNA. It contains predominantly long terminal repeat (LTR) sequences. The 5' end maps approximately 134 nucleotides upstream from the 3' end of the LTR. Colinearity with complete proviral DNA continues to a site about 153 nucleotides downstream from the left (5') LTR. No sequences from the middle part of proviral DNA were found. Colinearity with proviral DNA is resumed 72 nucleotides upstream from the right (3') LTR. The nucleotide sequence in this area is TTCCAGT, which is a splice acceptor consensus sequence. The anatomy of 1.7-kb RNA indicates that it may serve as a messenger for the 36,700-dalton protein encoded by the LTRs of MMTV.