EBV-associated nasopharyngeal carcinomas: from epidemiology to virus-targeting strategies

Trends Microbiol. 2004 Aug;12(8):356-60. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2004.06.005.


Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is a human malignancy consistently associated with the Epstein-Barr virus. Exposure to non-viral carcinogens and genetic predisposition are other crucial etiologic factors. Tumor development appears to require the expression of a small subset of transforming viral RNAs and proteins with concomitant silencing of most other viral genes. Impairment of the interactions of viral proteins with cellular partners or disruption of viral latency might prove to be useful for novel therapeutic strategies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Herpesviridae Infections / complications*
  • Herpesviridae Infections / epidemiology
  • Herpesvirus 4, Human*
  • Humans
  • Nasopharyngeal Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Nasopharyngeal Neoplasms / virology*