Published: 2016-02-17

The role of viruses in the cancerogenesis

Deptartment of Biology and Environmental Protection, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
Deptartment of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
Deptartment of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Chair of Pathology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
Deptartment of Biology and Environmental Protection, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
Deptartment of Biology and Environmental Protection, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland
cancers cancerogensis viruses

Abstract

It is estimated that seven key viruses such as Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV), Human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV), Human papilloma viruses (HPV), Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpes-virus (KSHV), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV), are responsible for about 11% of cancers all over the world. Viruses however are not only associated with cancerogenesis process. Scientific researches from recent years emphasize the possible use of the microorganisms as antitumor therapy. Oncoviruses, also defined as tumor viruses cause cancers whereas oncolytic viruses infect the host’s cancer cells leading to destruction of tumor and due to that they are described as cancer killing viruses. It offers the potential application of viral infections to the cancer therapy.

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Chojnicki M, Pawlaczyk M, Helak-Łapaj C, Żurawski J, Wiktorowicz K. The role of viruses in the cancerogenesis. JMS [Internet]. 2016Feb.17 [cited 2020Aug.8];83(2):152-5. Available from: https://jms.ump.edu.pl/index.php/JMS/article/view/60