Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) load determination using real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction

Hongxin Fan, Ryan S. Robetorye

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5 Scopus citations


Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infects virtually the entire human population and infection persists throughout the lifetime of its host. EBV has been associated with the development of a wide variety of neoplasms, including lymphoma, carcinoma, and sarcoma. In addition, EBV-associated lymphoproliferative disorders are particularly prevalent in immunosuppressed individuals, including AIDS patients, transplant recipients, and patients with congenital immunodeficiencies. In recent years, EBV viral load assessment has been extensively implemented in clinical practice for the diagnosis and monitoring of EBV-associated malignancies and lymphoproliferative disorders. The real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RQ-PCR) has become the method of choice for quantification of specific EBV nucleic acid sequences. This method is fast, extremely sensitive, and accurate, requires only very small amounts of input nucleic acid, and is relatively simple to perform. These characteristics have made it the method of choice for EBV viral load determination. This chapter describes the use of a laboratory-developed RQ-PCR EBV viral load assay for the detection of EBV DNA in cell-free plasma and cerebrospinal fluid samples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHematological Malignancies
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781627033565
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Quantitative real-time PCR
  • Viral load

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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