Increase in the basal transcriptional activity of the human foamy virus internal promoter by the homologous long terminal repeat promoter in cis

Martin Loöchelt, Mordechai Aboud, Rolf M. Fluügel

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Abstract

The human foamy or spumaretrovlrus HFV is a complex and exogenous retrovirus that encodes several bel genes besides the three classical retrovtral genes gag, pol, and env. HFV was recently reported to contain two functionally active promoters that are both strongly trans-activated by the HFV trans-activator protein Bel 1. The occurrence of a second internal cap site underscores the complexity of the HFV genome. We have analysed whether there is interference between the HFV long terminal repeat promoter and the internal promoter located In the 3' end of env upstream of the bel genes. Recomblnant clones were constructed that carry two different indicator genes, one under the control of the U3 promoter, the other under the control of the Internal promoter. The portion of the basaltranscriptional activity of the Internal promoter that is not trans-activated by Bel 1 was Increased two- to threefold in the presence of the long terminal repeat promoter. The rate of trans-activation by Bel 1 of both HFV promoters was not altered in these constructs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4226-4230
Number of pages5
JournalNucleic Acids Research
Volume21
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - 11 Sep 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics

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