Modulation of the cell growth regulator mTOR by Epstein-Barr virus-encoded LMP2A

CA Moody, RS Scott, N Amirghahari, CA Nathan, Lawrence Young, Christopher Dawson, JW Sixbey

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Control of translation initiation is one means by which cells regulate growth and proliferation, with components of the protein-synthesizing machinery having oncogenic potential. Expression of latency protein LMP2A by the human tumor virus Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) activates phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/Akt located upstream of an essential mediator of growth signals, mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin). We show that mTOR is activated by expression of LMP2A in carcinoma cells, leading to wortmannin- and rapamycin-sensitive inhibition of the negative regulator of translation, eukaryotic initiation factor 4E-binding protein 1, and increased c-Myc protein translation. Intervention by this DNA tumor virus in cellular translational controls is likely to be an integral component of EBV tumorigenesis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5499-5506
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of virology
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2005


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