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Retrovirus Vectors for Gene Transfer: Efficient Integration into and Expression of Exogenous DNA in Vertebrate Cell Genomes

  • Howard M. Temin


Retroviruses are animal viruses with an RNA genome that replicate through a DNA intermediate. The DNA intermediate, the provirus, is stably integrated into cellular DNA. (Alternatively, retroviruses can be considered the RNA form of cellular movable genetic elements that transpose through an extracellular RNA intermediate.) Because of this efficient integration and other properties to be discussed, retroviruses are considered the most likely vectors for use in human gene therapy (Wyngaarden, 1985).


Long Terminal Repeat Helper Cell Rous Sarcoma Virus Herpes Simplex Virus Thymidine Kinase Internal Promoter 
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  • Howard M. Temin
    • 1
  1. 1.McArdle Laboratory for Cancer ResearchUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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