Oncological consequences of impaired immune surveillance against ubiquitous viruses

David T. Purtilo, James Linder

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The immune system is constantly challenged by ubiquitous viruses. Multiple immune defenses have evolved to meet these challenges, and thus immunocompetent individuals successfully respond to infection without sequela. X-linked lymphoproliferative syndrome patients, renal allograft recipients, and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome patients share impaired immune surveillance as a common feature. Such individuals are variously susceptible to numerous untoward complications following infection with Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex virus, human papillomavirus, and hepatitis B virus. We hypothesize that failure of the immune system to control these viruses is instrumental in the occurrence of some B-cell lymphomas, Kaposi's sarcoma, and squamous-cell and hepatocellular carcinomas, Herein we review some mechanisms responsible for the breakdown of immune surveillance and the permissive role immunodeficiency plays in viral oncogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-206
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Immunology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1983


  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Immune surveillance
  • X-linked lymphoproliferative syndrome
  • acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • cytomegalovirus
  • immunodeficiency
  • viral oncogenesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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