HIV-1 provirus, either as a chromosomal integrant or as an episomal plasmid in HeLa cells, forms a transcription-dependent gene loop structure between the 5′LTR promoter and 3′LTR poly(A) signal. Flavopiridol-mediated inhibition of RNA polymerase II elongation blocks 5′ to 3′LTR juxtaposition, indicating that this structure is maintained during transcription. Analysis of mutant or hybrid HIV-1 plasmids...
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