Hamster endogenous retrovirus (HaER) - Distinct properties of structural proteins and DNA polymerase

Anna Goldschmied-Reouven*, A. Yaniv, A. Hizi

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The structural proteins as well as some features of the RNA-dependent DNA polymerase of the hamster endogenous retrovirus (HaER) were examined. The polypeptide pattern of this virus is substantially different from that of other known retroviruses in containing major polypeptides with molecular weights of 68,000, 59,000, 27,000 and 24,000 daltons. Double antibody competitive radio-immunoassays showed that the HaER particles do not share any detectable antigenic relatedness with the murine viruses' p30, but manifest a considerable relatedness with the feline leukemia virus p27 and a slight cross-reactivity with the rat virus major protein. The RNA-dependent DNA polymerase of HaER virus has a molecular size of approximately 73,000 daltons and in contrast to other mammalian retroviruses shows no significant preference for Mn2+ over Mg2+. Apart from the lack of antigenic relatedness between the HaER virus proteins and the p30 protein of murine viruses, there is also no antigenic relatedness between HaER and murine viruses insofar as their DNA polymerase is concerned.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-253
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Virology
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Sep 1983


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