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EBV Review

Thomas Menter, Alexandar Tzankov
Purpose: Targeting cancer cells by modulating the immune system has become an important new therapeutic option in many different malignancies. Inhibition of CTLA4/B7 and PD1/PDL1 signaling is now also being investigated and already successfully applied to various hematologic malignancies. Methods: A literature review of PubMed and results of our own studies were compiled in order to give a comprehensive overview on this topic. Results: We elucidate the pathophysiological role of immunosuppressive networks in lymphomas, ranging from changes in the cellular microenvironment composition to distinct signaling pathways such as PD1/PDL1 or CTLA4/B7/CD28...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
Christine T Styles, Kostas Paschos, Robert E White, Paul J Farrell
The Epstein-Barr nuclear antigen 3 (EBNA3) family of proteins, comprising EBNA3A, EBNA3B, and EBNA3C, play pivotal roles in the asymptomatic persistence and life-long latency of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in the worldwide human population. EBNA3-mediated transcriptional reprogramming of numerous host cell genes promotes in vitro B cell transformation and EBV persistence in vivo. Despite structural and sequence similarities, and evidence of substantial cooperative activity between the EBNA3 proteins, they perform quite different, often opposing functions...
March 17, 2018: Pathogens
Kathy H Y Shair, Akhil Reddy, Vaughn S Cooper
Latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) is an Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) oncogenic protein that has no intrinsic enzymatic activity or sequence homology to cellular or viral proteins. The oncogenic potential of LMP1 has been ascribed to pleiotropic signaling properties initiated through protein-protein interactions in cytosolic membrane compartments, but the effects of LMP1 extend to nuclear and extracellular processes. Although LMP1 is one of the latent genes required for EBV-immortalization of B cells, the biology of LMP1 in the pathogenesis of the epithelial cancer nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is more complex...
March 21, 2018: Cancers
Lei Wu, Churong Li, Li Pan
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is a rare malignancy worldwide, but it is endemic in a few areas including Southern China, Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Arctic. The underlying mechanisms behind this remarkable geographic distribution remain unclear. Although Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection has been suggested as a necessary cause of undifferentiated NPC, EBV itself is not sufficient to cause this malignancy. Other co-factors, such as environmental risk factors, and/or genetic susceptibility, may interact with EBV to play a role in the carcinogenesis of NPC...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Dimitri Topalis, Sarah Gillemot, Robert Snoeck, Graciela Andrei
Herpesviruses thymidine kinase (TK) and protein kinase (PK) allow the activation of nucleoside analogues used in anti-herpesvirus treatments. Mutations emerging in these two genes often lead to emergence of drug-resistant strains responsible for life-threatening diseases in immunocompromised populations. In this review, we analyze the binding of different nucleoside analogues to the TK active site of the three α-herpesviruses [Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2) and Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV)] and present the impact of known mutations on the structure of the viral TKs...
March 2018: Drug Resistance Updates: Reviews and Commentaries in Antimicrobial and Anticancer Chemotherapy
Sophie Outh-Gauer, Marie Alt, Christophe Le Tourneau, Jérémy Augustin, Chloé Broudin, Cassandre Gasne, Thomas Denize, Haitham Mirghani, Elizabeth Fabre, Madeleine Ménard, Florian Scotte, Eric Tartour, Cécile Badoual
Cancer occurrence can be understood as the result of dysfunctions in immune tumoral microenvironment. Here we review the recent understandings of those microenvironment changes, regarding their causes and prognostic significance in head and neck (HN) carcinoma. We will focus on HN squamous cell cancer (SCC) and nasopharyngeal carcinomas (NPC). Their overall poor prognosis may be improved with immunotherapy in a subset of patients, as supported by current clinical trials. However, finding reliable markers of therapeutic response is crucial for patient selection, due to potential severe adverse reactions and high costs...
March 1, 2018: Cancer Treatment Reviews
Franklin R Toapanta, Paula J Bernal, Karen L Kotloff, Myron M Levine, Marcelo B Sztein
BACKGROUND: Shigellosis persists as a public health problem worldwide causing ~ 165,000 deaths every year, of which ~ 55,000 are in children less than 5 years of age. No vaccine against shigellosis is currently licensed. The live-attenuated Shigella flexneri 2a vaccine candidate CVD 1208S (S. flexneri 2a; ΔguaBA, Δset, Δsen) demonstrated to be safe and immunogenic in phase 1 and 2 clinical trials. Earlier reports focused on humoral immunity. However, Shigella is an intracellular pathogen and therefore, T cell mediated immunity (T-CMI) is also expected to play an important role...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
X L Shi, J L Xie, X G Zhou
Objective: To evaluate the clinicopathological features, diagnosis and management of primary testicular NK/T cell lymphoma (NKTCL). Methods: Six cases of primary testicular NKTCL at Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University from January 2007 to December 2016 were retrospectively analyzed for the morphology, immunephenotype and outcome, and relevant literature was reviewed. Results: The median age of patients at diagnosis was 45 years(range 32-65 years). All patients presented with testicular masses as initial symptoms (6/6), five cases (5/6) were on the right...
March 8, 2018: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
Stefan D Dojcinov, Falko Fend, Leticia Quintanilla-Martinez
The contribution of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) to the development of specific types of benign lymphoproliferations and malignant lymphomas has been extensively studied since the discovery of the virus over the last 50 years. The importance and better understanding of the EBV-associated lymphoproliferative disorders (LPD) of B, T or natural killer (NK) cell type has resulted in the recognition of new entities like EBV+ mucocutaneous ulcer or the addition of chronic active EBV (CAEBV) infection in the revised 2016 World Health Organization (WHO) lymphoma classification...
March 7, 2018: Pathogens
Renu Verma, Prakash C Sharma
Gastric cancer (GC) is one of the leading causes of cancer related mortality in the world. Being asymptomatic in nature till advanced stage, diagnosis of gastric cancer becomes difficult in early stages of the disease. The onset and progression of gastric cancer has been attributed to multiple factors including genetic alterations, epigenetic modifications, Helicobacter pylori and Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) infection, and dietary habits. Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) based approaches viz . Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS), Whole Exome Sequencing (WES), RNA-Seq, and targeted sequencing have expanded the knowledge base of molecular pathogenesis of gastric cancer...
2018: American Journal of Cancer Research
Haibo Qiu, Zhiwei Zhou
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) issued the clinical practice guidelines for gastric cancer 2017 edition version 5, which has been fully updated for the treatment of gastric cancer, including systematic treatment, surgery and radiotherapy. This article review and summarize the updated NCCN clinical practice guidelines for gastric cancer in 2017 and try to interpret it. (1)Biomarkers: mismatch repair defect (dMMR) or high microsatellite instability (MSI-H), programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) and tumor Epstein Barr virus (EBV) status should be considered for patients with gastric cancer...
February 25, 2018: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Swadhinya Arjunaraja, Pamela Angelus, Helen C Su, Andrew L Snow
B -cell e xpansion with N F-κB and T -cell a nergy (BENTA) disease is a B-cell-specific lymphoproliferative disorder caused by germline gain-of-function mutations in CARD11 . These mutations force the CARD11 scaffold into an open conformation capable of stimulating constitutive NF-κB activation in lymphocytes, without requiring antigen receptor engagement. Many BENTA patients also suffer from recurrent infections, with 7 out of 16 patients exhibiting chronic, low-grade Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) viremia. In this mini-review, we discuss EBV infection in the pathogenesis and clinical management of BENTA disease, and speculate on mechanisms that could explain inadequate control of viral infection in BENTA patients...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Chao Xie, Xia Xu, Bian Wu, Kun-Yu Yang, Jing Huang
RATIONALE: Pulmonary lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma (LELC) is a rare type of lung squamous cell carcinoma. In situ hybridization test for Epstein-Bar virus-encoded RNA (EBER) is generally used for distinguishing it from other lung cancers. Although plasma EBV DNA quantification has been widely used as a tumor biomarker in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), only a limiting number of studies have suggested that plasma EBV DNA quantification may be used as a tumor marker in pulmonary LELC patients...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Masaki Yamada, Christina Nguyen, Paul Fadakar, Armando Ganoza, Abhinav Humar, Ron Shapiro, Marian G Michaels, Michael Green
The development of EBV infection and PTLD is normally associated with a high EBV viral load in peripheral blood. Observations have previously identified existence of a CHL carrier state that demonstrated variable outcomes based upon the organ which was transplanted. Data defining the incidence and outcome of CHL in pediatric KTx are not well described. The charts of children undergoing isolated KTx at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh between January 2000 and December 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. EBV loads in the peripheral blood were routinely measured as part of surveillance protocols at our center...
February 6, 2018: Pediatric Transplantation
Jorrit J V de Vries, Anne B Chang, Julie M Marchant
BACKGROUND: Endobronchial suppuration is present in children with protracted bacterial bronchitis (PBB), bronchiectasis, and cystic fibrosis (CF). However, no studies have directly compared bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) findings across these conditions within a single center using the same techniques and with shared community pathogens. AIM: To determine; (i) the bronchoscopic findings and BAL microbiology and cellularity among children with these conditions and; (ii) the relationship between bacterial pathogens, airway cellularity and aberrant macroscopic bronchoscopic findings...
February 6, 2018: Pediatric Pulmonology
James S Lawson, Brian Salmons, Wendy K Glenn
Background: Although the risk factors for breast cancer are well established, namely female gender, early menarche and late menopause plus the protective influence of early pregnancy, the underlying causes of breast cancer remain unknown. The development of substantial recent evidence indicates that a handful of viruses may have a role in breast cancer. These viruses are mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV), bovine leukemia virus (BLV), human papilloma viruses (HPVs), and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV-also known as human herpes virus type 4)...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
Jing Zhou, Yi Xiao
Epstein-Barr virus(EBV) closely relates with the occurrence, development and prognosis of multiple lymphomas, such as Burkitt' s lymphoma, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, Hodgkin' s lymphoma, angioimmunoblastic T cell lymphoma. The mechanism of EBV in tumorigenesis can be understanded through the research of EBV biological characteristics, EBV+ lymphoma and EBV- lymphoma. Based on traditional therapy, supplement of specific treatment for EBV, such as antiviral treatment, immunotherapy, can improve the curative rate of lymphoma...
February 2018: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
Fang Kuan Chiou, Sue V Beath, Gwen M Wilkie, Mark A Vickers, Bruce Morland, Girish L Gupte
EBV-CTL immunotherapy targets EBV antigens expressed by tumor cells in PTLD. Data on outcome of EBV-CTL in pSOT patients are limited. The aim of the study is to describe our experience with allogeneic, third-party EBV-CTL for the treatment of PTLD in pSOT patients in a single tertiary center. Retrospective review was performed of all pSOT patients who received EBV-CTL for PTLD. PTLD was diagnosed using World Health Organization histologic criteria. EBV-CTLs were derived from human leukocyte antigen-typed, EBV-seropositive third-party donors, and cryopreserved and maintained by an accredited national blood transfusion service...
February 1, 2018: Pediatric Transplantation
Moussa Diallo, Assane Diop, Boubacar A Diatta, Maodo Ndiaye, Nicolas Ortonne, Mame T Dieng
INTRODUCTION: The distribution of extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma (ENKTCL) is highly inhomogeneous throughout the world. In Sub-Saharan Africa, despite the precocity of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection and its endemicity, ENKTCL remains exceptionally reported. The purpose of this study was to report the epidemiological, clinical, paraclinical, and evolutionary characteristics of ENKTCL at the Aristide LeDantec University Hospital in Dakar, Senegal. METHODOLOGY: A 5-year retrospective review of all patients with histopathological, immunohistochemical, and in situ hybridization proven cutaneous lymphomas RESULTS: We collected seven cases corresponding to a frequency of 1...
January 30, 2018: International Journal of Dermatology
Taro Mohri, Yoshihiro Ikura, Asako Hirakoso, Masashi Okamoto, Masakatsu Hishizawa, Akifumi Takaori-Kondo, Seiichi Kato, Shigeo Nakamura, Kai Yoshimura, Hidetoshi Okabe, Yasuhiro Iwai
We report a case of classical Hodgkin lymphoma type post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (HL-PTLD) after kidney transplantation to highlight the difficulty of distinguishing this disorder from Hodgkin lymphoma-like PTLD (HL-like PTLD). Through this case report and literature review, we seek to clarify definitive pathologic features to differentiate these two conditions. A 38-year-old male kidney transplant recipient who had been receiving immunosuppressants was admitted to our hospital with unidentified high fever...
January 29, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
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