Role of intron-contained sequences in formation of Moloney murine leukemia virus env mRNA

L. H.S. Hwang, J. Park, E. Gilboa

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Formation of the Moloney murine leukemia virus envelope mRNA involves the removal of a 5,185-base pair-long intron. Deletion analysis of two Moloney murine leukemia virus-derived expression vectors revealed the existence of two short regions within the viral intron which are required for the efficient formation of the spliced RNA species. One region was present upstream from the 3' splice junction, extended at least 85 nucleotides beyond the splice site, and was not more than 165 nucleotides long. As yeast polymerase II introns, the Moloney murine leukemia virus intron contains the sequence 5'-TACTAAC-3' 15 nucleotides upstream from the 3' splice site. A second region located in the middle of the intron, within a 560-nucleotide-long sequence, was also essential for formation of the spliced RNA species. The efficient splicing of the env mRNA in the absence of expression of viral genes raises the possibility that similar mechanisms are used to remove introns of (some) cellular genes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2289-2297
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular and cellular biology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984
Externally publishedYes


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  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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