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Br J Haematol. 2008 Jul;142(1):79-81. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2141.2008.07162.x. Epub 2008 Apr 16.

Detection of different clonal EBV strains in Hodgkin lymphoma and nasopharyngeal carcinoma tissues from the same patient.

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Department of Haematology, Pathology, Cancer Center Institute J. Paoli - I.Calmettes, Marseille, France.


The ubiquitous herpesvirus Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is linked to the development of several malignancies, including nasopharyngeal carcinoma (UCNT) and Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). Despite the well-known oncogenic properties of the EBV latent membrane protein 1 (LMP-1), the different oncogenic pathways involved in the pathogenesis of each disease remain unclear. This study reported, for the first time, the case of a patient with sequential development of UCNT and HL. Polymerase chain reaction was used to determine the LMP-1 gene sequence and demonstrate that the two tumours contained different clonal viral genomes, suggesting a central and specific role of EBV infection.

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