Type 1 HERV-K genome is spliced into subgenomic transcripts in the human breast tumor cell line T47D

Polly R. Etkind, Kathryn Lumb, Juan Du, Janis Racevskis

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Two types of HERV-K genomes exist which differ in the absence (type 1) or the presence (type 2) of a sequence of 292 nucleotides between the putative pol and any genes. Previously published results from teratocarcinoma cell studies had firmly concluded that the type 1 HERV-K genome was defective in splicing and that only the nondeleted type 2 HERV-K genome containing the 292-nucleotide sequence was capable of being spliced. We now show that in the T47D human breast tumor cell line it is the type 1 HERV-K genome, and not the type 2, which is spliced to subgenomic transcripts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-308
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 4 1997


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  • Virology

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