We report here that several oncogene-transducing avian sarcoma virus strains, namely Rous sarcoma virus (src), Fujinami sarcoma virus (fps), and PRCII (fps), transform avian erythroid cells in vitro and in vivo. The src- and fps-transformed erythroblasts grow in vitro for 20-30 generations, require special growth conditions, and tend to differentiate spontaneously. In these properties, they resemble erythroid cells transformed with the erbB-containing H strain of avian erythroblastosis virus (AEV-H) but differ from those transformed with AEV-ES4 (erbA, erbB), which grow under standard culture conditions and rarely differentiate spontaneously. Erythroblasts transformed with viruses carrying temperature-sensitive mutations in the src or fps oncogene and then shifted to the nonpermissive temperature in the presence of anemic serum (as a source of an erythropoietin-like factor) differentiate terminally into erythrocytes. These results demonstrate that several members of the src gene family other than erbB have the capacity to transform erythroid cells.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|Issue number||22 I|
|State||Published - 1984|
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