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Recombinant Origin of the Retrovirus XMRV

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Science  01 Jul 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6038, pp. 97-101
DOI: 10.1126/science.1205292
  • Fig. 1

    Characterization of CWR22 xenografts and XMRV-related sequences. (A) Genesis of 22Rv1 and CWR-R1 cell lines. Bold letters indicate samples from which genomic DNA (gDNA) or total nucleic acid was available for analysis. XMRV-positive samples are boxed. Asterisk (*) indicates unknown early passage. (B) Short tandem repeat analysis. Representative D7S280 allele pattern of xenografts and 22Rv1 and CWR-R1 cell lines, along with analysis of six additional loci (fig. S1). An allelic ladder is shown on left and right of gel. (C) Quantitative real-time PCR to detect XMRV env sequences. Calculated copies per 100 cells are indicated above each bar. (D) IAP assay to quantify the amount of mouse DNA present in the xenograft gDNAs.

  • Fig. 2

    PCR and sequencing analysis of XMRV and XMRV-related sequences from xenografts, cell lines, and nude mouse strains. Using specific primer sets (fig. S2), cloned PCR products from the xenografts, 22Rv1, CWR-R1, or mouse strains were sequenced. Approximate length and location of sequences determined from samples that were positive for XMRV (A), PreXMRV-1 (B), and PreXMRV-2 (C) are shown as red bars beneath each provirus. Details of primers and numbers of cloned products sequenced are shown in figs. S2 and S3. Hypermut plots (see fig. S3 for details), which indicate nucleotide mismatches relative to XMRV as color-coded vertical lines, are shown for PreXMRV-1 (B) and PreXMRV-2 (C), together with the percent identity to consensus XMRV for different regions of each provirus [nucleotide numbers refer to the 22Rv1 XMRV sequence (FN692043)]. PreXMRV-1 has a 16-nt deletion (Δ16) in gag and a frameshift (fs) in pol, which make it replication-defective, whereas PreXMRV-2 gag, pol, and env reading frames are open. (D) Mouse strains and (E) xenograft and PC cell lines were analyzed by PCR for the presence of XMRV, PreXMRV-1, and PreXMRV-2. Mouse IAP and human glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) serve as positive controls for the presence of mouse and human DNA, respectively. For both (D) and (E), the primer set used to detect PreXMRV-1 can also detect XMRV. For ease of comparison, the 22Rv1 and CWR-R1 gel lanes from (E), which were run in parallel, are duplicated in (D). DNAs in (D) and (E) were all amplified with the same PCR primer master mix. †We previously determined the full-length sequence of XMRV from 22Rv1 cells (8). Δgap refers to the 24-bp deletion in the gag leader characteristic of XMRV. All mouse strains shown in (D) are nudes except for those indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • Fig. 3

    Predicted recombinant between PreXMRV-1 and PreXMRV-2 is nearly identical to XMRV. (A) Alignment of Hypermut plots of PreXMRV-1 and PreXMRV-2 reveals the reciprocal and largely nonoverlapping regions of near identity to XMRV. The direction of minus-strand DNA synthesis catalyzed by reverse transcriptase and the predicted template-switching events (numbered 1 to 6) are shown. The lengths of nucleotide identity within the presumed template-switching regions are indicated in red numbers. The predicted recombinant and the four nucleotide differences with consensus XMRV are shown. The nucleotide numbers refer to numbers of the 22Rv1 XMRV (acc. no. FN692043). Note that nucleotide 8092 is within the U3 region and is present in both LTRs (boxes). A5 and A6 refer to homopolymeric runs of five and six adenines, respectively. The A>G change at 790 results in an isoleucine (I) to valine (V) substitution. (B) Phylogenetic tree of all full-length XMRV sequences to date and the predicted recombinant implicates the predicted recombinant as the ancestor of all sequenced XMRV isolates. The tree shown is an enlargement of the XMRV-specific portion of the complete endogenous MLV tree (fig. S5A) (23).

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  • Recombinant Origin of the Retrovirus XMRV

    Tobias Paprotka, Krista A. Delviks-Frankenberry, Oya Cingoz, Anthony Martinez, Hsing-Jien Kung, Clifford G. Tepper, Wei-Shau Hu, Matthew J. Fivash Jr., John M. Coffin, and Vinay K. Pathak

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