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Epstein–Barr Virus and Cancer

  1. Martin Rowe1,
  2. AB Rickinson2

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0002231

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How to Cite

Rowe, M. and Rickinson, A. 2001. Epstein–Barr Virus and Cancer. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, UK

  2. 2

    University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001

Abstract

Epstein–Barr virus is widespread in all human populations, and is usually carried as an asymptomatic persistent infection. In a small minority of infected individuals the virus is associated with the pathogenesis of certain types of lymphoid and nonlymphoid cancers, including Burkitt lymphoma, posttransplant lymphomas, Hodgkin disease and nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

Keywords:

  • herpesvirus;
  • lymphoma;
  • carcinoma;
  • hodgkin disease;
  • transformation