In 14p3HB transgenic mice, which carry three tandem copies of hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA, the HBV DNA was significantly methylated and no viral proteins were produced. To analyze the causal relationship between hypermethylation and gene inactivity, 5‐azacytidine was injected into the mice to demethylate HBV DNA. When postnatal 14p3HB mice were treated with the drug, hepatitis virus surface antigen was produced in these mice by 3 weeks of age, and the integrated HBV DNA of the liver was less heavily methylated. Our results suggest that injection of 5‐azacytidine can be used to efficiently activate a silent transgene such as HBV DNA in transgenic mice.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Japanese Journal of Cancer Research|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1989|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research