Apr 21, 2019 | Updated: 07:00 AM EDT

Cancer Research Gets New Pace: Epstein-Barr Virus Revitalizes Immortality Of Cell

May 03, 2017 02:57 AM EDT

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Viruses are known to take over the power of host's body for their own benefits, causing severe damages to host's cells. But there are certain viruses as well which come with the spectacular power of efficiency and these can even command over the host's immune system in well advance, while they are recognized as a dangerous invader to the body.

Among those, Epstein-Barr virus takes up much of the frame, which is usually found in nine out of ten human beings. Perhaps, the most intriguing characteristic of it is that it stays and invades body activity very calmly causing a very limited effect on the body at a certain timeline.

According to Phys, Micah Luftig, an associate professor of molecular genetics and microbiology who also co-authored a new study on the different aspects of the growth of Epstein-Barr virus in a host's body, depicted how it can take control of the immune system. As per his claims, Epstein-Barr virus causes mononucleosis in adolescents, which typically turns into various cancers of the lymph nodes, including certain types of Hodgkin's as well as non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, destroying the immune system of the affected ones.

As per a report by Eurekalert, the Epstein-Barr virus usually persists a typical type of white blood cell, well known as 'B cell', which is related to one's immune system and works as a major agent for recognizing and responding to invaders coming from outside. As per Luftig and his co-researchers' findings, Epstein-Barr virus works as a clown to these B cells and just duplicates its welcoming response to infectious foreign invaders. Moreover, it revamps the normal B-cell production of itself, also simultaneously its own self-destructing signals.

As a positive note to this context, the team was able to take up of much of the knowledge about how such virus can grow throughout the cell, which, as per their claims, would definitely be a helpful take in finding out the suitable remedy for such situations. The study was published in the open access journal: eLife, recently.

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