Alteration in the coding potential and expression of H-ras in human cytomegalovirus-transformed cells

I. Boldogh, E. S. Huang, P. Rady, I. Arany, S. Tyring, Thomas Albrecht

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CMV-transformed cell lines demonstrated a greater level of H-ras RNA (7.5- to 9.5-fold) relative to the level for H-ray in parental cells. Nuclear run off assays showed that the RNA levels for the H-ray gene were regulated at the level of transcriptional initiation. The increased RNA levels for H-ray correlated with the level of p21rasVal-12 in transformed cells, while p21raiVal-12 was below the level of detection in nontransformed cells using Western blot analysis. In addition, an activating mutation was identified in both alleles of the first exon, codon 12 of H-ray resulting in a G:C to T:A transversion in all transformed cell lines examined in this study. These results suggest that the mutated H-ray may be one of the components by which an oncogenic phenotype is maintained in these CMV-transformed cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-329
Number of pages9
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994



  • Cytomegalovirus
  • H-ras
  • Transformation mutation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases

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