Association between an oncogene and an anti-oncogene: the adenovirus E1A proteins bind to the retinoblastoma gene product

Nature. 1988 Jul 14;334(6178):124-9. doi: 10.1038/334124a0.


One of the cellular targets implicated in the process of transformation by the adenovirus E1A proteins is a 105K cellular protein. Previously, this protein had been shown to form stable protein/protein complexes with the E1A polypeptides but its identity was unknown. Here, we demonstrate that it is the product of the retinoblastoma gene. The interaction between E1A and the retinoblastoma gene product is the first demonstration of a physical link between an oncogene and an anti-oncogene.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adenovirus Early Proteins
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / immunology
  • Cell Division*
  • Genes
  • Humans
  • Molecular Weight
  • Nuclear Proteins / physiology*
  • Oncogene Proteins, Viral / physiology*
  • Oncogenes*
  • Retinoblastoma / genetics*


  • Adenovirus Early Proteins
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Oncogene Proteins, Viral