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BACKGROUND Epigenetic mechanisms have important roles in the tumour escape from immune responses, such as in MHC class I downregulation or altered expression of other components involved in antigen presentation. Chemotherapy with DNA methyltransferase inhibitors (DNMTi) can thus influence the tumour cell interactions with the immune system and their(More)
In the endeavour to develop a model for studying gene therapy of cancers associated with human papillomaviruses (HPVs), mouse cells were transformed with the HPV type 16 (HPV16) and activated H-ras oncogenes. This was done by cotransfection of plasmid p16HHMo, carrying the HPV16 E6/E7 oncogenes, and plasmid pEJ6.6, carrying the gene coding for human H-ras(More)
Balanced processing of HIV-1 RNA is critical to virus replication and is regulated by host factors. In this report, we demonstrate that overexpression of either Tra2α or Tra2β results in a marked reduction in HIV-1 Gag/Env expression, an effect associated with changes in HIV-1 RNA accumulation, altered viral splice site usage, and a block to export of HIV-1(More)
The hybrid cell line BH2 was derived by fusion between an AKR thymoma BW5147 (HGPRT-) and C57BL thymoma EL-4R (TK-). The hybrid cells showed a near-tetraploid modal number of chromosomes, in contrast to the near-diploid stem-lines of both parental cell populations; most of the BH2 hybrid cells acquired marker chromosomes from both parental cell lines.(More)
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