What Does Epstein-Barr Virus Refer to?

Q:
What does Epstein-Barr virus refer to?

A:
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a kind of widespread human herpes virus. Many viruses can cause the infectious mononucleosis, but EBV is the most common one.

It is common among teenagers and young adults, and you may catch EBV through close contact, such as kissing.

Actually, most EBV infections aren’t noticeable, even when they’re most active in your body. By age 35, you may find yourself infected in the past cause you have antibodies in your body.

Keywords: epstein barr mononucleosis; epstein barr virus mononucleosis; mononucleosis virus

 

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Jul 18,2019

When EBV enters white blood cells it drives them to grow rapidly and continuously, making them ‘immortal’. In some cases this can lead to the development of lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.

There are two main strains of the virus worldwide and although they can both cause cancer, in the laboratory, one strain (type 1) is able to drive white blood cells to become immortal better than the other (type 2).

Professor Michelle West together with Dr. Erika Mancini at the University of Sussex and Professor Paul Farrell at Imperial College London, have identified that type 2 strains of EBV are less efficient in the laboratory, these strains of EBV might be less cancer promoting, but oddly there is no evidence to support this.

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