Highly immunogenic tumor variants are generated by in vitro or in vivo treatment of the murine L5178Y lymphoma line with triazene derivatives. Most of these variants express new transplantation- and antibody-defined antigens that previous studies have shown to be closely related. One such 80-kDa protein on the surface of clone-D cells was found to be related to xenotropic MuLV gp70 molecules. To investigate the possible relevance of clone-D data to general properties of immunogenic variants in this tumor model system, polyclonal syngeneic antisera raised to a panel of immunogenic clones (including clone D) of the drug-treated L5178Y lymphoma line were employed in the immunoprecipitation of cell-surface and intrinsically labeled variant cells. In all clones, 1- and 2-dimensional electrophoretic analysis of the immunoprecipitates detected an antigen of approximately 80 kDa, and 35S-labeled 80-kDa molecules could be cross-precipitated from all clones by the panel of clone-specific antisera. In addition, 45- and 30-kDa components were also found in metabolically labeled variant cells. While the surface 80-kDa component was reactive with anti-xenotropic gp70 antibodies, the 30-kDa molecule was removed by anti-gag p30 antibody in sequential immunoprecipitation experiments. These data suggest that expression of aberrant, retrovirus-related proteins is a common finding in immunogenic cells of the drug-treated L5178Y lymphoma line.
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