Daniel A. Arber, M.D.

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  • Epstein-Barr virus nuclear antigen (EBNA)-1 carboxy-terminal and EBNA-4 sequence polymorphisms in nasal natural killer/T-cell lymphoma in the United States LABORATORY INVESTIGATION Gaal, K., Weiss, L. M., Chen, W. G., Chen, Y. Y., Arber, D. A. 2002; 82 (7): 957-962


    Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) polymorphisms were examined in 12 cases of nasal natural killer (NK)/T-cell lymphoma diagnosed in the United States (U.S.-NL) with respect to the EBV-associated nuclear antigen (EBNA)-1 carboxy (C)-terminal region and the EBNA-4 region. A single dominant EBV strain was found in all cases. EBNA-1 sequences were remarkably homogeneous, showing either a P-ala (2/12) or P-ala variant (9/12) sequence. Other EBNA-1 subtypes known to be common in U.S.-reactive samples, such as P-thr or V-leu, were not identified. The final case had a base deletion with frame shift and premature stop codon. EBNA-1 C-terminal amino acid substitutions were common at codons 499 (10/12 cases), 502 (7/12), 524 (9/12), and 528 (6/12), all previously reported "hot spots." However, unlike previous reports of other EBV-associated neoplastic and reactive tissues, mutations were absent at residues 487 and 492. Mutations within HLA-A11-restricted immunogenic EBNA-4 epitopes 399-408 and 416-424 occurred in 3 of 12 cases but were not associated with HLA-A11 status. In summary, the exclusive finding of P-ala variant or P-ala EBNA-1 sequences in U.S.-NL cases differs from that reported in U.S.-reactive and non-U.S.-NL cases. Although the significance of this difference is not known for certain, it may be related to geographic and/or site-specific variations, rather than oncogenicity per se.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/01.LAB.0000020416.66825.A0

    View details for Web of Science ID 000176831200016

    View details for PubMedID 12118098

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