Viruses and Tumours--An Update

Eur J Cancer. 2004 Sep;40(13):1998-2005. doi: 10.1016/j.ejca.2003.11.039.

Abstract

In the 40 years since the publication of the article by Harris (Eur J Cancer 1965, 1, 183-188), considerable progress has been made towards the understanding of the contribution of infectious agents to the development of tumours. It is estimated that 15-20% of human malignancies may have an infectious aetiology. This article attempts to summarise the current level of our knowledge with respect to tumour-associated viruses, and to place this in the context of the earlier article by Harris (Eur J Cancer 1965, 1, 183-188).

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antigens, Neoplasm
  • Burkitt Lymphoma / virology
  • DNA Virus Infections / genetics
  • DNA Viruses / genetics
  • Genes, Tumor Suppressor
  • Genetic Therapy / adverse effects
  • Genetic Vectors
  • Hepatitis C / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Leukemia / virology
  • Neoplasms / virology*
  • Oncogenes
  • Oncogenic Viruses / isolation & purification
  • Retroviridae / genetics
  • Retroviridae Infections / complications
  • Sarcoma, Kaposi / diagnosis
  • Tumor Virus Infections / virology*

Substances

  • Antigens, Neoplasm