The effect of infection with a retrovirus carrying v-raf/v-myc oncogenes (J2 virus) on the in vitro proliferation of human large granular lymphocytes (LGL) was investigated. LGL infected with J2 virus (J2LGL), unlike uninfected cells, grew with a proliferation peak eight days after infection. Such cells retained the morphology and functional properties typical of LGL. Furthermore, 5% of J2LGL produced virus the day after infection, whereas non-virus production was detectable five days later. These data indicate that J2 virus provides a transient mitogenic signal for LGL.
- cell proliferation
- Large granular lymphocytes
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)