Cytotoxic T cells and immunotherapy

Pediatr Radiol. 1998 Jul;28(7):489-91. doi: 10.1007/s002470050392.


Promising immunotherapies for viral infections and malignancies reflect the successful, rapid translation of laboratory findings into clinical practice. Fletcher et al. [1] present imaging studies of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated lymphomas before and after immunotherapy. Here, we briefly review the scientific bases of such novel therapies, which have evolved from advances in understanding of immune effector cells, of the cytokines that drive immune responses, and of the mechanisms underlying cell death.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • B-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation / adverse effects
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation / immunology
  • Epstein-Barr Virus Nuclear Antigens / immunology
  • Herpesviridae Infections / therapy*
  • Herpesvirus 4, Human* / immunology
  • Humans
  • Immunotherapy, Adoptive*
  • Lymphoproliferative Disorders / therapy*
  • T-Lymphocytes, Cytotoxic / immunology*
  • T-Lymphocytes, Cytotoxic / transplantation*


  • Epstein-Barr Virus Nuclear Antigens