Epstein–Barr Virus Association with Breast Cancer: Evidence and Perspectives

Arias-Calvachi C; Blanco R, Calaf GM, Aguayo F


Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) is an enveloped DNA virus that belongs to the gamma Herpesviridae family. The virus establishes a latent/lytic persistent infection, though it can be involved in cancer development in some subjects. Indeed, evidence supports an etiological role of EBV in undifferentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), a subset of gastric carcinomas and lymphomas. Additionally, EBV has been detected in breast carcinomas (BCs) although its role has not been established. In this review, we summarize epidemiological information regarding the presence of EBV in BC and we propose mechanistic models. However, additional epidemiological and experimental evidence is warranted to confirm these models.

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Título de la Revista: BIOLOGY
Volumen: 11
Número: 6
Editorial: MDPI Open Access Publishing
Fecha de publicación: 2022
Idioma: Inglés