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Acquisition of Sequences Homologous to Host DNA by Closed Circular Simian Virus 40 DNA II. Further Studies on the Serial Passage of Virus Clones

  • Sara Lavi
  • Shmuel Rozenblatt
  • Maxine F. Singer
  • Ernest Winocour
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1973


Three plaque isolates of SV40 strain 777 and 1 plaque isolate of strain 776 were grown to high-titer stocks and serially passaged, undiluted, in monkey BS-C-1 cells. In each case, the serial passaging procedure resulted in the accumulation of closed-circular SV40 DNA molecules containing covalently linked sequences homologous to reiterated host cell DNA (called substituted virus DNA). The relative yields, at a given passage level, of SV40 DNA with measurable homology to host DNA varied in different sets of serial passages, including passages of the same virus clone. More reproducible yields of substituted viral DNA progeny were obtained when the serial passaging procedure was initiated from earlier passages rather than from the original plaque-purified stock. Fractionation of closed-circular SV40 DNA molecules on alkaline sucrose gadients indicated that the majority of substituted virus DNA molecules are not plaque producers and are slightly smaller in size than plaque-forming DNA molecules which display no detectable homology to host DNA. Evidence that substituted SV40 DNA molecules replicate during serial undiluted passage was obtained from experiments which demonstrated (i) the presence of host sequences in replicative forms of the viral DNA and (ii) the incorporation of 3H-thymidine into host sequences isolated from the mature substituted virus DNA molecule.

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