A human T lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-I) long terminal repeat-directed antisense c-myc construct with an Epstein-Barr virus replicon vector inhibits cell growth in a HTLV-I-transformed human T cell line

Masatoshi Fujita, Hiroshi Shiku

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Abstract

A panel of EB virus replicon-based vectors was constructed to examine the relative utility of four distinct eukaryotic promoters for high-level gene expression in a HTLV-I-transformed human T cell line, HUT102. We found that HTLV-I LTR, which is trans-activated by the viral tax protein, was most suited for EBV vector-based stable gene expression in it. We prepared a HTLV-I LTR-directed antisense c-myc construct with an EBV vector. This antisense plasmid suppressed c-myc expression and inhibited growth of HUT102 cells in vitro with unaltered expression of tax. Non-specific plasmid toxicity was excluded by showing that the antisense construct had little effect on growth and c-myc expression of HTLV-I-negative Jurkat T cells, in which the viral LTR is expected to be less active. Our results indicate that c-myc may play an important role in the deregulated growth of HTLV-I-transformed T cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalFEBS Letters
Volume322
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 3 1993
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology

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