We analysed the terminal repeats of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in DNAs isolated from six lethal midline granuloma (LMG) biopsies. A single fused terminal fragment could be detected in each case, indicating that these angiocentric peripheral T cell lymphomas represent clonal proliferations of cells infected with EBV on a single occasion. Using reverse transcriptase-PCR, we detected EBV nuclear antigen (EBNA) 1 and latent membrane protein (LMP) 1, but not EBNA 2 messages in LMG biopsy RNAs. The splicing pattern of the EBNA 1 message was consistent with the usage of a promoter localized in the HI F fragment (F promoter). The HI W fragment repeats and LMP-coding sequences were highly methylated in all cases. In contrast, the LMP regulatory sequences were found to be hypomethylated or partially methylated, as in LMP-expressing nasopharyngeal carcinomas.


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