Epstein-Barr virus nuclear antigen 1 does not induce lymphoma in transgenic FVB mice

Myung Soo Kang, Hongxiang Lu, Teruhito Yasui, Arlene Sharpe, Henry Warren, Ellen Cahir-McFarland, Roderick Bronson, Siu Chun Hung, Elliott Kieff

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The lymphoma-inducing potential of Ig heavy-chain enhancer- and promoter-regulated Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) nuclear antigen 1 (EBNA1) was evaluated in three transgenic FVB mouse lineages. EBNA1 was expressed at a higher level in transgenic B220(+) splenocytes than in EBV-infected lymphoblastoid cell lines. EBNA1 was also expressed in B220(-) transgenic splenocytes and thymocytes. Before killing and assessments at 18-26 months, EBNA1-transgenic mice did not differ from control mice in mortality. At 18-26 months EBNA1-transgenic mice did not differ from littermate control in ultimate body weight, in spleen size or weight, in lymph node, kidney, liver, or spleen histology, in splenocyte fractions positive for cluster of differentiation (CD)3ε, CD4, CD8, CD62L, B220, CD5, IgM, IgD, MHC class II, CD11b, or CD25, or in serum IgM, IgG, or total Ig levels. Lymphomas were not found in spleens or other organs of 18- to 26-month-old EBNA1-transgenic (n = 86) or control (n = 45) FVB mice. EBNA1-transgenic lineages had a higher pulmonary adenoma prevalence than did littermate controls (39% versus 7%). However, the adenoma prevalence was not higher in EBNA1-transgenic mice than has been described for FVB mice, and EBNA1 was not expressed in normal pulmonary epithelia or adenomas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)820-825
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number3
StatePublished - 18 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes


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