The methylation state of endogenous mouse mammary tumor virus (MuMTV) proviral DNA was examined in normal mouse tissues. DNAs from various tissues were cleaved with the methylation-sensitive enzymes HhaI and HpaII and analyzed by Southern blotting. Tissue-specific proviral DNA methylation patterns were found in the BALB/c, C3H, C57BL, GR/A, and GR-Mtv-2- mouse strains. MuMTV proviral DNA was hypomethylated in DNAs from the spleens and testes of all strains examined. The GR/A mouse strain, which was most thoroughly studied, also showed hypomethylation of MuMTV proviral DNA in bone marrow and placental tissues. Analysis of RNAs extracted from GR/A liver, mammary tumor, testes, placenta, and spleen tissues demonstrated that MuMTV proviral hypomethylation need not reflect significant proviral transcription.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Virology|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1984|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Insect Science