Inhibition of chicken embryo lens differentiation and lens junction formation in culture by pp60v-src

Mol Cell Biol. 1988 Apr;8(4):1414-20. doi: 10.1128/mcb.8.4.1414-1420.1988.


A culture system was developed which permitted the differentiation of chicken lens epithelial cells to lentoid bodies which contained several cell layers, accumulated high levels of delta-crystallin, and produced extensive gap junctions. This differentiation process was prevented when the cells were infected with a temperature-sensitive src mutant of Rous sarcoma virus and maintained at the permissive temperature. These transformed cells continued to proliferate and also synthesized the major lens gap junction protein, MP28, at near-normal rates. However, this MP28 was not assembled to produce gap junctions. Cultures shifted to the nonpermissive temperature formed lentoid bodies similar to those in uninfected lens cultures, including the establishment of gap junctions containing MP28.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Avian Sarcoma Viruses / genetics*
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Chick Embryo
  • Connexins
  • Intercellular Junctions / ultrastructure
  • Lens, Crystalline / cytology*
  • Lens, Crystalline / embryology
  • Lens, Crystalline / ultrastructure
  • Membrane Proteins / antagonists & inhibitors*
  • Membrane Proteins / biosynthesis
  • Oncogene Protein pp60(v-src)
  • Protein Kinases / physiology*
  • Retroviridae Proteins / physiology*


  • Connexins
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Retroviridae Proteins
  • Protein Kinases
  • Oncogene Protein pp60(v-src)