The Interactions of Viral Proteins with Rous Sarcoma Virus RNA and Possible Control of Reverse Transcription, Translation and Virion Assembly

  • Jean-Luc Darlix
  • Claude Meric
  • Pierre-Francois Spahr
Part of the Developments in Molecular Virology book series (DMVI, volume 7)


The interactions between Rous Sarcoma virus RNA and the viral proteins have been analysed in the virus and in vitro. We show that it is protein P12 and not P19 that binds tightly to RSV RNA both in the virus and in vitro. Specific RNA sequences are recognized by protein P12 in the virus and such sequences are close to or involve the splice sites, and the dimer linkage site likely to be required for viral packaging. In vitro P12 does not impair proviral DNA synthesis whereas it can completely inhibit RNA translation. Such data suggest that P12 may control negatively viral RNA splicing and translation and positively the packaging process.


Viral Protein Relative Binding Affinity Sucrose Gradient Centrifugation Viral Packaging 
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Abbreviations used


Rous sarcoma virus


olyacrylamide gel electrophoresis


ultraviolet light






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  • Jean-Luc Darlix
  • Claude Meric
  • Pierre-Francois Spahr

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