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Journal of Virology


The simian virus 40 T-antigen carboxy-terminal mutants, dlA2459 and dlA2475, are cell line and temperature dependent for growth and plaque formation in monkey kidney cells. Although these mutants did form plaques on BSC-1 cells at 37 degrees C, they were about fivefold less efficient for plaque formation than wild-type simian virus 40. These mutants did not grow in CV-1 cells and did not synthesize agnoprotein in those cells. CV-1 cells which constitutively express the agnoprotein were permissive for mutant plaque formation. However, late mRNAs, virion proteins, and progeny virion yields did not accumulate to wild-type levels during mutant infection of the agnoprotein-producing cells.