Acquisition of sequences homologous to host DNA by closed circular simian virus 40 DNA. III. Host sequences

S. Rozenblatt, S. Lavi, M. F. Singer, E. Winocour

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A preparation of serially passaged simian virus 40 (SV40) DNA, in which at least 66% of the molecules contain covalently linked cellular DNA sequences, was digested to completion with the Hemophilus influenzae restriction endonuclease. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis of the digest showed that the majority of the cleavage products migrated as nine classes of fragments, each class defined by a particular molecular weight. These classes of fragments differ in molecular weight from the fragments produced by the action of the same enzyme on plaque purified virus DNA. Three classes of fragments were present in less than equimolar amounts relative to the original DNA. The remaining six classes of fragments each contain more than one fragment per original DNA molecule. DNA DNA hybridization analysis (using the filter method) of the isolated cleavage products demonstrated the presence of highly reiterated cell DNA sequences in two of the nine classes of fragments. A third class of fragments hybridized with high efficiency only to serially passaged SV40 DNA; the level of hybridization to plaque purified virus DNA was low and there was essentially no hybridization with cell DNA immobilized on filters. It is suggested that this class of fragments contains unique host sequences. It was estimated that at least 27% of the sequences in the substituted SV40 DNA molecules studied are host sequences. The majority of these are probably of the nonreiterated type.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-510
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Virology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1973
Externally publishedYes


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