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Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 6468342, 9 pages
Review Article

DNA Tumor Viruses and Cell Metabolism

1Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC), Karolinska Institute, 17177 Stockholm, Sweden
2R.E. Kavetsky Institute of Experimental Pathology, Oncology and Radiobiology, NASU, Kyiv 03022, Ukraine

Received 28 November 2015; Accepted 8 February 2016

Academic Editor: Alexander V. Ivanov

Copyright © 2016 Muhammad Mushtaq et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Viruses play an important role in cancerogenesis. It is estimated that approximately 20% of all cancers are linked to infectious agents. The viral genes modulate the physiological machinery of infected cells that lead to cell transformation and development of cancer. One of the important adoptive responses by the cancer cells is their metabolic change to cope up with continuous requirement of cell survival and proliferation. In this review we will focus on how DNA viruses alter the glucose metabolism of transformed cells. Tumor DNA viruses enhance “aerobic” glycolysis upon virus-induced cell transformation, supporting rapid cell proliferation and showing the Warburg effect. Moreover, viral proteins enhance glucose uptake and controls tumor microenvironment, promoting metastasizing of the tumor cells.