Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 1312643
J. Virol. 1992 Apr;66(4):2594-9
Expression of a 2.3-kb RNA species is induced in mammary tumors as a consequence of insertional mutagenesis at the int-3 locus by the mouse mammary tumor virus. The nucleotide sequence and biological activity of this mammary tumor-specific int-3 RNA species were determined. It contains an open reading frame which encodes a 57-kDa protein. The translated protein possesses six nearly contiguous 32-amino-acid repeats which are related to a similar motif in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae cdc-10-encoded cell cycle protein. In addition, the int-3 cdc-10 repeats are bounded by the PEST amino acid sequence motif which is commonly found in proteins having a rapid turnover and may represent sites for phosphorylation. The int-3 cdc-10 repeat sequences are 50% identical to a portion of the intracellular domain of the neurogenic Drosophila notch gene product. Activation of expression of a recombinant int-3 genomic DNA fragment encoding the 2.3-kb RNA species in HC11 mouse mammary epithelial cells in vitro induces anchorage-independent growth in soft agar.