Murine mammary tumor virus structural protein interactions: Formation of oligomeric complexes with cleavable cross-linking agents

J. Racevskis, N. H. Sarkar

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Murine mammary tumor virus protein interactions in the intact virion structure were studied with the use of the cleavable cross-linking reagents dithiobis(succinimidyl propionate) and methyl 4-mercaptobutryrimidate hydrochloride. Cross-linked oligomeric complexes of murine mammary tumor virus proteins were analyzed by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Among the complexes most consistently formed were a heterodimer of the two glycoproteins gp36 and gp52, the homodimer of gp36, and the homotrimer of gp52. A very prominent oligomer formed at higher concentrations of dithiobis(succinimidyl propionate) was a complex of about 230,000 molecular weight, made up of three molecules each of gp36 and gp52. A number of lines of evidenve, including electron microscopic analysis, suggest that the 230,000-molecular-weight complex actually represents the murine mammary tumor virus spike structure. Of the murine mammary tumor virus core proteins, p14 forms homooligomers most readily. Upon cross-linking with methyl 4-mercaptobutyrimidate hydrochloride a small amount of what seems to be a heterodimer made up of the N-terminal gag protein p10 and the hydrophobic membrane glycoprotein gp36 can be observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)937-948
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of virology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1980
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Insect Science
  • Virology

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