genes, intracisternal a-particlemedical dictionary

A family of retrovirus-like genetic elements coding for virus-like particles found regularly in early rodent embryos (2-cell to blastocyst stage), but which, under certain circumstances such as DNA hypomethylation, are transcribed in a wide variety of neoplasms, including plasmacytomas, neuroblastomas, rhabdomyosarcomas, teratocarcinomas, and colon carcinomas.

(12 Dec 1998)

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