Requirement of human chromosomes 19, 6 and possibly 3 for infection of hamster × human hybrid cells with baboon M7 type C virus

Stuart Brown, Herbert K. Oie, Adi F. Gazdar, John D. Minna, Uta Francke

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The replication pattern of the endogenous baboon type C virus M7 was studied in 29 primary Chinese hamster × human hybrid clones generated with leukemic cells from two different patients with acute lymphoblastic or myeloblastic leukemia. There was no evidence of viral particulate RDDP or M7 antigen before viral infection. M7 virus replicated in human and some hybrid cells but not in Chinese hamster cells, indicating that M7 requires dominantly expressed human gene(s) for replication. Enzyme and cytogenetic analyses show that a gene(s) coded for by human chromosome 19 is necessary for M7 infection of these hybrids. Detailed cytogenetic correlations revealed, however, that the chromosome 19+/M7 + hybrid clones with intact chromosomes also had copies of chromosomes 3 and 6. Previously, Bevi, the putative integration site for M7 virus, has been assigned to human chromosome 6. Many clones with various combinations of chromosomes 3 and 6 lacked chromosome 19, however, and failed to replicate exogenously applied M7 virus, while tests of 27 secondary clones showed that M7 markers co-segregated with chromosome 19 markers. These findings all confirm the need for a chromosome 19-coded function in Chinese hamster × human hybrids. In addition, the yield of viral particulate RDDP produced into the culture fluid was 50-100 fold less per viral antigen-positive cell in the hybrids compared with human cells. Thus some form of regulation of viral components exists in the hybrid cells. When the virus replicating in hybrid cells was transferred back to human cells, this regulation was relaxed and the yield of RDDP per FA(+) cell greatly increased. We conclude that human chromosomes 6 and 19 code for functions involved in M7 virus metabolism, and we cannot exclude a function coded for by chromosome 3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-143
Number of pages9
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1979

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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