Activation of endogenous retroviral sequences in human leukemia

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1985 Dec 31;133(3):945-50. doi: 10.1016/0006-291x(85)91227-6.


Endogenous retroviral sequences have been identified in the genomes of several species including humans. Proteins similar to those of primate endogenous viruses have been found on the surface of various malignant cells in man. To further define this role, we have used a primate retrovirus DNA from the Baboon Endogenous Virus to probe a human genomic library for related sequences. A total of 45 clones homologous to BaEV gag-pol were isolated under low stringency hybridization. Of these, several were found to contain DNA which was expressed as RNA at higher levels in human lymphoid leukemic cells than in normal lymphocytes.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Autoradiography
  • Base Sequence
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA
  • DNA Transposable Elements
  • DNA, Viral / analysis*
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Humans
  • Leukemia / genetics
  • Leukemia / microbiology*
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Oncogenes*
  • RNA, Viral / analysis
  • Retroviridae / genetics*


  • DNA Transposable Elements
  • DNA, Viral
  • RNA, Viral
  • DNA