Expression of the Jaagsiekte Sheep Retrovirus Envelope Glycoprotein Is Sufficient To Induce Lung Tumors in Sheep

Institute of Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow Veterinary School, 464 Bearsden Road, Glasgow G61 1QH, Scotland.
Journal of Virology (Impact Factor: 4.44). 09/2006; 80(16):8030-7. DOI: 10.1128/JVI.00474-06
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Jaagsiekte sheep retrovirus (JSRV) is the causative agent of ovine pulmonary adenocarcinoma (OPA). The expression of the JSRV
envelope (Env) alone is sufficient to transform a variety of cell lines in vitro and induce lung cancer in immunodeficient
mice. In order to determine the role of the JSRV Env in OPA tumorigenesis in sheep, we derived a JSRV replication-defective
virus (JS-RD) which expresses env under the control of its own long terminal repeat (LTR). JS-RD was produced by transiently transfecting 293T cells with a
two plasmid system, involving (i) a packaging plasmid, with the putative JSRV packaging signal deleted, expressing the structural
and enzymatic proteins Gag, Pro, and Pol, and (ii) a plasmid which expresses env in trans for JS-RD particles and provides the genomes necessary to deliver JSRV env upon infection. During the optimization of the JS-RD system we determined that both R-U5 (in the viral 5′ LTR) and the env region are important for JSRV particle production. Two independent experimental transmission studies were carried out with
newborn lambs. Four of five lambs inoculated with JS-RD showed OPA lesions in the lungs at various times between 4 and 12
months postinoculation. Abundant expression of JSRV Env was detected in tumor cells of JS-RD-infected animals and PCR assays
confirmed the presence of the deleted JS-RD genome. These data strongly suggest that the JSRV Env functions as a dominant
oncoprotein in the natural immunocompetent host and that JSRV can induce OPA in the absence of viral spread.

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    • "Jaagsiekte Sheep RetroVirus envelope has been demonstrated in various cell lines in vitro, e.g., human bronchial epithelial cells BEAS- 2B (Danilkovitch-Miagkova et al., 2003), rat fibroblasts 208F (Hofacre and Fan, 2004), canine kidney epithelial cells MDCK (Liu and Miller, 2005), rat kidney epithelial cells RK3E (Maeda et al., 2005) or mouse fibroblasts NIH3T3 (Maeda et al., 2001; Palmarini et al., 2001). In vivo, oncogenic properties of the envelope have been reported in sheep and mice, using viral vectors bearing Jaagsiekte Sheep RetroVirus-envelope (Wootton et al., 2005; Caporale et al., 2006). Similarly, Enzootic Nasal Tumour Virus-1 is able to transform fibroblastic and epithelial cell lines (Alberti et al., 2002; Dirks et al., 2002; Liu et al., 2003a) and to induce pulmonary tumours in mice (Wootton et al., 2006). "
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    • "The ability of JSRV to cause lung tumors in sheep that are histologically and phenotypically similar to those frequently found in humans, particularly that of never smokers, make it an attractive model for understanding the etiology and carcinogenesis of human lung cancer [2]–[4]. Unlike most replication-competent retroviruses, which cause cancer by insertional activation of cellular oncogenes or by acquisition of cellular oncogenes, the envelope protein of JSRV is itself a potent oncogene that when expressed in mouse [5] or sheep lungs [6] is sufficient to induce lung cancer. We have developed a tractable mouse model to study lung cancer induced by the JSRV envelope protein (Jenv) that involves delivering the Jenv gene to the mouse respiratory tract using a replication defective adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector. "
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    • "Hyal2 homologues from a variety of different species, including humans, have been shown to mediate entry of JSRV Env pseudotyped retroviral particles [17]. JSRV induces lung tumors in sheep through expression of the envelope (Env) protein [18]. Several studies have shown that the JSRV Env protein has the ability to transform a variety of cell types in vitro [19-21], including human cells [22], and can induce lung tumors in mice [23,24]. "
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