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Type: Journal article
Title: BK virus encoded MicroRNAs are present in blood of renal transplant recipients with BK viral nephropathy
Author: Li, J.
McNicholas, K.
Yong, T.
Rao, N.
Coates, P.
Higgins, G.
Carroll, R.
Woodman, R.
Michael, M.
Gleadle, J.
Citation: American Journal of Transplantation, 2014; 14(5):1183-1190
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 1600-6135
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J. Y. Z. Li, K. McNicholas, T. Y. Yong, N. Rao, P. T. H. Coates, G. D. Higgins, R. P. Carroll, R. J. Woodman, M. Z. Michael, and J. M. Gleadle
Abstract: BK viral infection is an important cause of renal transplant dysfunction and failure. Current strategies utilize surveillance for infection with DNA polymerase chain reaction assays and modulation of immunosuppression. Many viruses including polyomaviruses encode microRNAs (miRNAs). We have detected BK virus (BKV) encoded miRNAs in the blood of infected renal transplant recipients, and see a strong correlation between BKV encoded miRNA and BKV DNA in blood and a relationship between levels of bkv-miR-B1-5p and the presence of biopsy-proven BK viral nephropathy. Further research is needed to determine whether the detection of this and other virally encoded miRNAs may be useful in the diagnosis of active viral replication.
Keywords: BK nephropathy; BK virus; microRNA; renal transplant
Rights: © Copyright 2014 The American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons
DOI: 10.1111/ajt.12694
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