Location of the trans-activating region on the genome of human T-cell lymphotropic virus type III

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Science  05 Jul 1985:
Vol. 229, Issue 4708, pp. 74-77
DOI: 10.1126/science.2990041


The retrovirus involved in acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HTLV-III/LAV) contains a region that is necessary for stimulation of gene expression directed by the viral long terminal repeat. This region is located between nucleotides 5365 and 5607, immediately 5' to the envelope gene. A doubly-spliced message containing this region could encode an 86-amino acid protein with structural features similar to those of nucleic acid-binding proteins.