Molecular Biology Reports

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 1885–1893 | Cite as

Identification of human endogenous retrovirus transcripts in Hodgkin Lymphoma cells

  • Marie Barth
  • Victoria Gröger
  • Holger Cynis
  • Martin Sebastian StaegeEmail author
Original Article


During the last decades, the prognosis for patients with Hodgkin Lymphoma (HL) has been steadily improved. Nevertheless, new and less toxic therapy strategies have to be developed especially for patients with advanced disease. The activation of human endogenous retroviruses (HERV) is suspected to occur in HL and therefore, HERV might represent interesting target structures. In order to identify transcribed HERV of the HERV-H and HERV-K families in HL we used a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction based cloning approach. In addition to unspliced HERV-H and HERV-K transcripts, we detected spliced HERV-K transcripts that matched genomic sequences with the expected splicing-donor and splicing-acceptor sites. Of particular interest was the expression of HERV-K18 related transcripts at the CD48 locus. Our data indicate transcriptional activity of several HERV loci in HL cells.


Hodgkin Lymphoma Endogenous retroviruses Cloning Splicing CD48 



We thank Ines Volkmer for technical assistance and Dixie Mager for helpful advice.

Author contributions

MB, VC and HC performed experiments, MSS designed the study, all authors analyzed the data and wrote the paper.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors report no conflicts of interest in this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marie Barth
    • 1
  • Victoria Gröger
    • 2
  • Holger Cynis
    • 2
  • Martin Sebastian Staege
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.University Clinic and Outpatient Clinic for Pediatrics IMartin Luther University Halle-WittenbergHalleGermany
  2. 2.Department of Drug Design and Target ValidationFraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and ImmunologyHalleGermany

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