A human cell-surface receptor for xenotropic and polytropic murine leukemia viruses: possible role in G protein-coupled signal transduction

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1999 Feb 16;96(4):1385-90. doi: 10.1073/pnas.96.4.1385.


Although present in many copies in the mouse genome, xenotropic murine leukemia viruses cannot infect cells from laboratory mice because of the lack of a functional cell surface receptor required for virus entry. In contrast, cells from many nonmurine species, including human cells, are fully permissive. Using an expression library approach, we isolated a cDNA from HeLa cell RNA that conferred susceptibility to xenotropic envelope protein binding and virus infection when expressed in nonpermissive cells. The deduced product is a 696-aa multiple-membrane spanning molecule, is widely expressed in human tissues, and shares homology with nematode, fly, and plant proteins of unknown function as well as with the yeast SYG1 protein, which has been shown to interact with a G protein. This molecule also acts as a receptor for polytropic murine leukemia viruses, consistent with observed interference between xenotropic and polytropic viruses in some cell types. This xenotropic and polytropic retrovirus receptor (XPR1) is the fourth identified molecule having multiple membrane spanning domains among mammalian type C oncoretrovirus receptors and may play a role in G protein-coupled signal transduction, as do the chemokine receptors required for HIV entry.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • 3T3 Cells
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Animals, Laboratory
  • CHO Cells
  • Cell Line
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 1*
  • Consensus Sequence
  • Cricetinae
  • DNA, Complementary
  • Diptera
  • Fungal Proteins / chemistry
  • GTP-Binding Proteins / metabolism*
  • Genetic Markers
  • HeLa Cells
  • Humans
  • Leukemia Virus, Murine / physiology*
  • Lod Score
  • Membrane Proteins / chemistry
  • Mice
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nematoda
  • Organ Specificity
  • Plant Proteins / chemistry
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled
  • Receptors, Virus / chemistry
  • Receptors, Virus / genetics
  • Receptors, Virus / physiology*
  • Retroviridae / physiology
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins*
  • Signal Transduction
  • Xenotropic and Polytropic Retrovirus Receptor


  • DNA, Complementary
  • Fungal Proteins
  • Genetic Markers
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Plant Proteins
  • Receptors, G-Protein-Coupled
  • Receptors, Virus
  • SYG1 protein, S cerevisiae
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins
  • XPR1 protein, human
  • Xenotropic and Polytropic Retrovirus Receptor
  • Xpr1 protein, mouse
  • GTP-Binding Proteins

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AF099082