Key Mechanism for the Proliferation of Epstein-Barr Virus Discovered
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January 14, 2010
Scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum Mnchen have elucidated a crucial mechanism in the lytic cycle of Epstein-Barr virus. A team of researchers led by Professor Wolfgang Hammerschmidt identified the function of a protein which plays a critical role in the proliferation of the virus. The Epstein-Barr virus can induce cancer. The findings, published in the current issue of the renowned journal PNAS, represent a major step forward in understanding tumor development.
The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a virus of the herpes family
, has two distinct life phases: After infecting a cell it first goes into a resting phase.
Many of us know that resting phase. I think that's when many of us who were stricken down by EBV experience a remission.