Shared mechanisms in stemness and carcinogenesis: Lessons from oncogenic viruses

Demetris Iacovides, Stella Michael, Charis Achilleos, Katerina Strati

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A rise in technologies for epigenetic reprogramming of cells to pluripotency, highlights the potential of understanding and manipulating cellular plasticity in unprecedented ways. Increasing evidence points to shared mechanisms between cellular reprogramming and the carcinogenic process, with the emerging possibility to harness these parallels in future therapeutics. In this review, we present a synopsis of recent work from oncogenic viruses which contributes to this body of knowledge, establishing a nexus between infection, cancer, and stemness.

Original languageEnglish
Article number00066
JournalFrontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Issue numberDEC
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Cancer
  • EBV
  • HBV
  • HCV
  • HPV
  • KSHV
  • Reprogramming
  • Stemness


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