Three new types of viral oncogene of cellular origin specific for haematopoietic cell transformation

Nature. 1979 Oct 11;281(5731):452-5. doi: 10.1038/281452a0.


The RNAs of seven replication-defective leukaemia virus (DLV) strains contain three types of unique sequences, which correlate with the capacity of a given virus strain to transform erythroblasts, macrophage-like cells and myeloblasts, respectively. These sequences, termed erb, mac and myb, have their counterparts in the normal DNA of avian and mammalian species. Our results indicate that DLVs represent recombinants between a common 'vector' related to a chicken endogenous virus and one of three types of cellular gene possibly involved in haematopoietic differentiation.

MeSH terms

  • Avian Leukosis Virus / genetics*
  • Base Sequence
  • Bone Marrow / microbiology
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic*
  • Cell Transformation, Viral*
  • Defective Viruses / genetics*
  • Erythrocytes / microbiology
  • Genes, Viral*
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells / microbiology*
  • Macrophages / microbiology
  • RNA, Viral / genetics


  • RNA, Viral