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Int J Cancer. 1996 Jul 3;67(1):86-94.

Expression of Epstein-Barr virus latent infection genes and oncogenes in lymphoma cell lines derived from pyothorax-associated lymphoma.

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  • 1Departmemt of Pathology, Osaka University Medical School, Japan.


Malignant lymphomas frequently develop in the pleural cavity of patients with long-standing pyothorax. The term pyothorax-associated lymphoma (PAL) has been proposed for this type of tumor. Most PALs are diffuse lymphomas of the B-cell type and contain Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA. We have established 2 lymphoma cell lines from biopsy specimens of PAL cases, OPL-1 and OPL-2, and examined their growth characteristics and the expression of EBV latent infection genes and oncogenes. OPL-2 exhibited a more rapid growth and higher saturation density than OPL-1, and only OPL-2 exhibited colony-forming activity in soft agar. OPL-1 and -2 were positive for B-cell differentiation markers and showed clonal surface immunoglobulins. Both line contained a single predominant form of episomal EBV DNA, indicating clonal cellular proliferation of an EBV-infected progenitor cell. OPL-1 and -2 contained type B and A EBV genome, respectively. Expression of EBV nuclear antigen (EBNA)2 mRNA and protein was detected by Northern and Western blot analysis in OPL-1, but not in OPL-2. On the other hand, the expression of latent membrane protein (LMP)1 mRNA in both OPL-1 and -2 was extremely weak and detectable only by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. Protein expression of LMP1 was not observed by Western blot analysis or immunocytochemistry. Both lines expressed c-myc mRNA. Only OPL-1 expressed mRNA of c-fgr, an oncogene whose expression is upregulated by EBNA2. Both OPLs expressed bcl-2 mRNA without detectable expression of LMP1 protein.

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