Expression of a zinc finger gene in HTLV-I- and HTLV-II-transformed cells

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Science  04 May 1990:
Vol. 248, Issue 4955, pp. 588-591
DOI: 10.1126/science.2110381


Gene products encoded by the human T cell leukemia virus (HTLV) types I and II mediate transformation by the transactivation of cellular genes necessary for proliferation, probably including transcriptional regulatory factors. By searching for factors that may control proliferation, a zinc finger gene (225) was identified that was constitutively expressed in all HTLV-I- or HTLV-II-transformed cell lines examined, whereas in normal T cells it was only transiently expressed after mitogenic stimulation. The 225 gene was also constitutively expressed in two HTLV-I-transformed helper T cell clones, but not in the parental cell lines. Thus this putative cellular transcriptional factor, which was abnormally expressed in retrovirus-infected cells, may have a role in transformation.

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