EBV Immunotherapy

  • Leslie E. Huye
  • Cliona M. Rooney


Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) is associated with a range of malignancies including Burkitt’s lymphoma (BL), Hodgkin’s disease (HD), nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), and lymphoproliferative disease (LPD), and EBV proteins expressed in these malignancies provide targets for cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL). Adoptive immunotherapy with ex vivo-generated EBV-specific CTLs has proven safe and effective as prophylaxis and treatment for EBV-driven lymphoproliferative disease after hematopoietic stem cell transplant. EBV-specific CTLs have also shown promise as therapy for other EBV-associated malignancies, but genetic manipulation of the CTL to circumvent immune evasion strategies employed by tumors may be required before CTLs can reliably eliminate tumors in immunocompetent individuals.


Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Graft Versus Host Disease Chimeric Antigen Receptor Solid Organ Transplant Recipient Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipient 
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  1. 1.Departments of Pediatrics; Immunology; and Virology; Baylor College of MedicienceThe Methodist Hospital and Texas Children’s HospitalHoustonUSA

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