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Trends Microbiol. 1996 May;4(5):204-8.

Epstein-Barr virus and the B cell: that's all it takes.

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Dept of Pathology, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02111, USA.


Recent experiments demonstrate that a much broader range of B cells harbor Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in vivo than was previously expected from in vitro studies. In this review it is argued that EBV persists in vivo by integrating its biology with that of the normal B cells within which it resides, and that the B cell provides all the environments necessary for EBV to maintain its life cycle.

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