The molecular nature of the X chromosome inactivation process has been investigated by utilizing the techniques of DNA-mediated cell transformation of the X-linked hypoxanthine phosphoribosyltransferase (HPRT) locus. The findings indicate that purified DNA from the inactive X chromosome of a near-euploid mouse cell line is not functional in transformation for HPRT, but the DNA from its "homologous" active X readily elicits transformation for HPRT in the same hamster cell recipient. These findings suggest that there is a difference between the DNA, per se, of the active and inactive X at (or near) the HPRT locus and that this difference could account, at least in part, for its inactivation.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Aug 1980|
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