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Aggressive natural killer cell lymphoproliferative disorder associated with Epstein-Barr viral RNA.


Am J Hematol. 1997 Apr;54(4):314-20. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

Lymphoproliferative disorder of natural killer cells is a heterogeneous disorder, and an association with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is suggested in some cases. A Japanese male presenting with recurrent nasopharyngeal problems developed fever, generalized lymphadenopathy, and hepatosplenomegaly. Separated cells from lymph nodes were shown to have a natural killer (NK) cell, CD2(+), CD3(-), CD16(+), CD56(+), HLA-DR(+) phenotype. A progressive abnormality of hepatic function was associated with hepatorenal failure and death. A serologic study suggested reactivated EBV infection. In situ hybridization (ISH) studies showed Epstein-Barr virus-encoded RNA (EBER)-1 in lymph nodes, with lymphocytes infiltrating the liver and tissue from ethmoid sinus surgery 3 years prior to development of obvious lymphoproliferative disease. Polymerase chain reaction performed on lymph node DNA, using oligonucleotide primers specific for the EBV lymphocyte-determined membrane antigen (LYDMA) gene, revealed a single band, suggesting monoclonal proliferation of the tumor. NK activities of the lymphocytes from the lymph node and peripheral blood were markedly decreased. These findings suggest a close relationship between EBV infection and development of NK cell lymphoproliferative disorder.

*Herpesvirus 4, Human/ISOLATION & PURIF *Killer Cells, Natural/VIROLOGY *Lymphoproliferative Disorders/VIROLOGY *RNA, Viral/ANALYSIS


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