The leader peptide of MMTV Env precursor localizes to the nucleoli in MMTV-derived T cell lymphomas and interacts with nucleolar protein B23

Hagit Hoch-Marchaim, Aryeh M. Weiss, Allan Bar-Sinai, Menachem Fromer, Knut Adermann, Jacob Hochman

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Abstract

We have previously described two nucleolar proteins, named p14 and p21, in MMTV-induced T cell lymphomas. These proteins were identified by a monoclonal antibody (M-66) generated from a nontumorigenic, immunogenic variant of S49 T cell lymphoma. While p14 was common to several MMTV-derived T cell lymphomas, p21 was found only in highly tumorigenic variants of S49 cells. Here we report that p14 is the leader peptide of the MMTV env precursor. The epitope recognized by M-66 contains a putative nuclear localization signal. Actinomycin D was found to induce redistribution of p14/p21 from the nucleolus to the nucleoplasm. p14 coimmunoprecipitated and colocalized with the cellular protein, B23. Association with B23 has been previously reported for other auxiliary nucleolar retroviral proteins, such as Rev (HIV) and Rex (HTLV).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-32
Number of pages11
JournalVirology
Volume313
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Aug 2003
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Dr. Aryeh Admon’s laboratory, Protein Research Center, Technion, Haifa, for the amino acid sequence determination. This study was supported in part by the Israel Science Foundation (J.H.) and by the Niedersachsen Ministry of Science (K.A. and J.H.).

Keywords

  • MMTV
  • Murine lymphoma
  • Nucleolus

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