Epstein-Barr Virus as a promising immunotherapeutic target for nasopharyngeal carcinoma treatment

Teow, Sin Yeang * and Yap, Hooi Yeen * and Peh, Suat Cheng * (2017) Epstein-Barr Virus as a promising immunotherapeutic target for nasopharyngeal carcinoma treatment. Journal of Pathogens. pp. 1-10. ISSN 2090-3057

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Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a pathogen that infects more than 90% of global human population. EBV primarily targets Blymphocytes and epithelial cells while some of them infect monocyte/macrophage, T-lymphocytes, and dendritic cells (DCs). EBV infection does not cause death by itself but the infection has been persistently associated with certain type of cancers such as nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), Burkitt’s lymphoma (BL), and Hodgkin’s lymphoma (HL). Recent findings have shown promise on targeting EBV proteins for cancer therapy by immunotherapeutic approach. Some studies have also shown the success of adopting EBV-based therapeutic vaccines for the prevention of EBV-associated cancer particularly on NPC. In-depth investigations are in progress to refine the current therapeutic and vaccination strategies. In present review, we discuss the highly potential EBV targets for NPC immunotherapy and therapeutic vaccine development aswell as addressing the underlying challenges in the process of bringing the therapy and vaccination from the bench to bedside.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
Divisions: Sunway University > School of Medical and Life Sciences [formerly School of Healthcare and Medical Sciences until 2020]
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
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Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2018 02:07
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2019 08:24
URI: http://eprints.sunway.edu.my/id/eprint/831

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