To examine whether the resistance allele of the Fv-4 gene (the Fv-4(r) gene) is a dominant inhibitory-product-encoding gene which can be used to prevent the development of murine AIDS (MAIDS), bone marrow cells from BALB/c-Fv-4w(r) mice were transplanted into BALB/c mice and C57BL/6 mice infected with MAIDS virus. Almost all of the virus-infected BALB/c and C57BL/6 mice developed MAIDS within 4 months and died 2 or 3 months later. However, when the virus-infected mice were subjected to cobalt irradiation and then given an intravenous injection of 107 BALB/c-Fv-4w(r) mouse bone marrow cells, the recipient mice survived much longer than the untreated mice, which suggests that the Fv-4 gene is a dominant inhibitory gene that is potentially useful in gene therapy of MAIDS.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Insect Science