The Role of EBV-Encoded LMP1 in the NPC Tumor Microenvironment: From Function to Therapy

Angela Kwok Fung Lo, Christopher W. Dawson, Hong Lok Lung, Ka-Leung Wong*, Lawrence S. Young*

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Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is closely associated with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. It is also characterized by heavy infiltration with non-malignant leucocytes. The EBV-encoded latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) is believed to play an important role in NPC pathogenesis by virtue of its ability to activate multiple cell signaling pathways which collectively promote cell proliferation and survival, angiogenesis, invasiveness, and aerobic glycolysis. LMP1 also affects cell-cell interactions, antigen presentation, and cytokine and chemokine production. Here, we discuss how LMP1 modulates local immune responses that contribute to the establishment of the NPC tumor microenvironment. We also discuss strategies for targeting the LMP1 protein as a novel therapy for EBV-driven malignancies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number640207
Number of pages17
JournalFrontiers in Oncology
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

User-Defined Keywords

  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • latent membrane protein 1
  • nasopharyngeal carcinoma
  • therapy
  • tumor microenvironment


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