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Int J Cancer. 1976 Jan 15;17(1):21-6.

EBV-determined nuclear antigen (EBNA)-positive cells in the peripheral blood of infectious mononucleosis patients.


After removal of SRBC rosette-forming T-cells from the peripheral blood, the residual, largely B-lymphocyte fraction of five infectious mononucleosis patients was found to contain 0.5-2% blast cells, positive for the EBV-determined nuclear antigen (EBNA). There was a rough parallelism between the presence of large lymphoblasts in the hematological smear, EBNS-positive large blasts in the B-cell fraction and the ability of the T-cell fraction to exert an EBV-specific lymphocytotoxicity on established cell lines in vitro. EBNA-positive B-cells and EBV-specific killer T-cells disappeared after the acute phase of the disease.

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