Increased expression of novel full-length endogenous mink cell focus-forming-related transcripts in autoimmune mouse strains

Virology. 1988 Jan;162(1):274-6. doi: 10.1016/0042-6822(88)90422-9.


We have identified a novel 8.4-kb retroviral transcript which represents an endogenous mink cell focus-forming env-related provirus containing a 190-bp cellular DNA insert in the LTR region. This RNA species was highly expressed in tissues of autoimmune mouse strains, but not in those of nonautoimmune strains.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Autoimmune Diseases / microbiology*
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Leukemia Virus, Murine / genetics*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred Strains
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • Transcription, Genetic
  • Viral Envelope Proteins / genetics


  • RNA, Messenger
  • Viral Envelope Proteins