Journal article

Serum EBV DNA as a biomarker in primary nasopharyngeal carcinoma of Indian origin

SM Krishna, S James, J Kattoor, P Balaram

JAPANESE JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2004

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is a unique tumor due to its etiology and endemic distribution. Ethnic and regional factors are found to strongly influence the risk of disease; however, there have been no well-conducted studies on Indian patients. The present study assesses the relationship between Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and sporadic Indian NPC and the role of serum EBV DNA in NPC detection. METHODS: Primers directed against non-polymorphic Epstein-Barr nuclear antigen-1 (EBNA-1) gene were used to detect the presence of EBV DNA from fresh tissue and serum in NPC, using PCR. RESULTS: EBV DNA was detected in 69% of the biopsies and 58% of the serum of the NPC patients. With respec..

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