Association of epstein-barr virus genome with mixed cellularity and cellular phase nodular sclerosis Hodgkin's disease subtypes

M. Boiocchi, V. De Re, R. Dolcetti, A. Carbone, A. Scarpa, F. Menestrina

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Abstract

Association of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) genome with Hodgkin's disease (HD) histological subtypes was investigated using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). A highly significant association of EBV genome with the mixed cellularity (MC) subtype (10 positive out of 15 cases; 66%) was observed, suggesting a possible etiopathogenetic role of EBV in the induction of this subset. By contrast, a markedly lower frequency of association with EBV genome was found in nodular sclerosis (NS) (12 positive out of 46 cases; 26%) and in nodular lymphocytic predominance (NLP) (0 positive out of 5 cases) HD subtypes. In addition, in the NS series, the presence of EBV genome was mainly restricted to the 'cellular phase' NS subset. This finding strengthens the possibility, suggested by clinico-pathological features and survival rates, that 'cellular phase NS' is a disease more akin to MC than to typical NS HD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-310
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Oncology
Volume3
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1992

Keywords

  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Hodgkin's disease
  • Polymerase chain reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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