Background: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated T/natural killer (NK)-lymphoproliferative disorders (LPDs) include hydroa vacciniforme (HV) and hypersensitivity to mosquito bites (HMB). The pathomechanisms of these diseases are still unclear. Objective: To understand the inflammatory process, we examined EBV reactivation markers, BZLF1 and BDRF1 mRNA in the tissue and blood from patients with EBV-associated T/NK-LPDs. Methods: Sixty-four patients with EBV-associated LPDs and epithelial neoplasms, and EBV+ cell line cells were studied. DNase-treated and resistant EBV DNA load in blood and cell culture supernatants were calculated. An EBV reactivation signal was analyzed in the tissue, blood and cell line cells. Results: In the tissue, BZLF1 mRNA was detected in 5 of 6 (83%) samples of EBV+ epithelial neoplasms, 16 of 21 (76%) of EBV+ lymphomas, and 5 of 15 (33%) of systemic HV and/or HMB, but negative in all 15 patients with classical HV. In the blood, BZLF1 mRNA was detected in only one of 19 (5.3%) samples of EBV-associated T/NK-LPDs. A down-stream reactivation signal, BDRF1 mRNA was expressed in all 6 samples of EBV+ epithelial neoplasms, but it was positive in only one of 15 (6.7%) samples from systemic HV and HMB in the tissue. EBV+ T/NK-cell line cells treated with phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate produced BZLF1 and BDRF1 mRNA, and encapsidated EBV DNA was detected in the culture supernatants of cell line cells. Conclusion: Stimulation-induced EBV reactivation occurred both in vivo and in vitro, but it was almost abortive in vivo. Reactivation-related EBV antigens might be responsible for induction of systemic HV and HMB.
- Epstein-Barr virus
- Hydroa vacciniforme
- Hypersensitivity to mosquito bites
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology