In vitro EBV-infected subline of KMH2, derived from Hodgkin lymphoma, expresses only EBNA-1, while CD40 ligand and IL-4 induce LMP-1 but not EBNA-2.


In about 50% of classical Hodgkin lymphomas, the Hodgkin/Reed Sternberg (H/RS) cells carry Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). The viral gene expression in these cells is restricted to EBNA-1, EBERs, LMP-1 and LMP-2 (type II latency). The origin of H/RS cells was defined as crippled germinal center B cells that escaped apoptosis. In spite of numerous attempts, only… (More)


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