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Epstein–Barr virus vaccine

A vaccine against Epstein–Barr virus is not yet available.[1] The virus establishes persistent/latent infection and causes infectious mononucleosis. Several clinical trials for a vaccine were conducted in 2006-2008.[2][3][4] The viral protein Gp350/220 is the primary target[5] and MVA-EL[further explanation needed] has been also proposed as a target.[6] Also VLP (virus-like particles) based EBV vaccines are subject of intensive research.[7]

One challenge is that the Epstein–Barr virus expresses very different proteins during its lytic and its latent phases.


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  2. ^ Crawford, D.H.; Macsween, K.F.; Higgins, C.D.; et al. (August 2006). "A cohort study among university students: identification of risk factors for Epstein-Barr virus seroconversion and infectious mononucleosis". Clin. Infect. Dis. 43 (3): 276–82. doi:10.1086/505400. PMID 16804839.
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  5. ^ "WHO | Viral Cancers". Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  6. ^ Taylor, G.S.; Haigh, T.A.; Gudgeon, N.H.; et al. (January 2004). "Dual stimulation of Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)-specific CD4+- and CD8+-T-cell responses by a chimeric antigen construct: potential therapeutic vaccine for EBV-positive nasopharyngeal carcinoma". J. Virol. 78 (2): 768–78. doi:10.1128/JVI.78.2.768-778.2004. PMC 368843. PMID 14694109.
  7. ^ "Epstein-Barr virus and cancer: New tricks from an old dog". 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2017-12-26.