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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328962/the-blood-dna-virome-in-8-000-humans
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Ahmed Moustafa, Chao Xie, Ewen Kirkness, William Biggs, Emily Wong, Yaron Turpaz, Kenneth Bloom, Eric Delwart, Karen E Nelson, J Craig Venter, Amalio Telenti
The characterization of the blood virome is important for the safety of blood-derived transfusion products, and for the identification of emerging pathogens. We explored non-human sequence data from whole-genome sequencing of blood from 8,240 individuals, none of whom were ascertained for any infectious disease. Viral sequences were extracted from the pool of sequence reads that did not map to the human reference genome. Analyses sifted through close to 1 Petabyte of sequence data and performed 0.5 trillion similarity searches...
March 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326672/bk-polyomavirus-specific-9mer-cd8-t-cell-responses-correlate-with-clearance-of-bk-viremia-in-kidney-transplant-recipients-first-report-from-the-swiss-transplant-cohort-study-stcs
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Céline Leboeuf, Sabrina Wilk, Rita Achermann, Isabelle Binet, Dela Golshayan, Karin Hadaya, Cedric Hirzel, Matthias Hoffmann, Uyen Huynh-Do, Michael T Koller, Oriol Manuel, Nicolas J Mueller, Thomas F Mueller, Stefan Schaub, Christian van Delden, Fabian H Weissbach, Hans H Hirsch
BK polyomavirus (BKPyV) causes premature kidney transplant (KT) failure in 1-15% of patients. Since antivirals are lacking, most programs screen for BKPyV-viremia and, if positive, reduce immunosuppression. To evaluate the relationship of viremia and BKPyV-specific immunity, we examined prospectively cryopreserved plasma and PBMCs at T0, T6, and T12 months post-transplant from 28 viremic KT patients and 68 non-viremic controls matched for the transplantation period. BKPyV-IgG seroprevalence was comparable between cases (89...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326649/leflunomide-for-the-treatment-of-trichodysplasia-spinulosa-in-a-liver-transplant-recipient
#3
Rawan Kassar, Janis Chang, An-Wen Chan, Leslie B Lilly, Ayman Al Habeeb, Coleman Rotstein
Trichodysplasia spinulosa (TS) is a rare dermatologic complication associated with the immunosuppressive therapy used in solid organ transplantation. The distinctive clinical manifestation of this condition is spiny follicular papules on the face, ears, extremities, and trunk. Histopathologically, abnormally maturing hair follicles with hyperkeratotic material are noted. The condition is produced by the trichodysplasia spinulosa-associated polyomavirus. Treatment of this condition in the past has entailed a reduction in immunosuppression, topical agents such as cidofovir or retinoidsm or oral valganciclovir...
March 22, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321224/specific-igg-antibodies-react-to-mimotopes-of-bk-polyomavirus-a-small-dna-tumor-virus-in-healthy-adult-sera
#4
Silvia Pietrobon, Ilaria Bononi, Elisa Mazzoni, Francesca Lotito, Marco Manfrini, Andrea Puozzo, Federica Destro, Giovanni Guerra, Pier Francesco Nocini, Fernanda Martini, Mauro G Tognon
BK polyomavirus (BKPyV) was isolated in 1971 from the urine of a kidney transplant patient. Soon after its identification, BKPyV was characterized as a kidney-tropic virus, which is responsible of a significant fraction of the rejection of transplant kidney in the host. Moreover, in experimental conditions, BKPyV is able to transform different types of animal and human cells and to induce tumors of different histotypes in experimental animals. BKPyV DNA sequences have been detected in healthy individuals and cancer patients using polymerase chain reaction/Shouthern blot hybridization methods...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320553/kidney-transplantation-for-kidney-failure-due-to-multiple-myeloma-case-reports
#5
Thuy X Le, Jeffrey L Wolf, Carmen A Peralta, Allison B Webber
Transplantation centers have historically considered a history of multiple myeloma as a contraindication to kidney transplantation due to high recurrence rates and poor transplant survival. However, there have been significant advances in the treatment of multiple myeloma, with improved patient survival, which may allow for successful kidney transplantation in these patients. We report on 4 patients who underwent kidney transplantation at our institution between 2009 and 2015 after having achieved a very good partial response or better with chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation...
March 17, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298471/bk-polyomavirus-clinical-aspects-immune-regulation-and-emerging-therapies
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REVIEW
George R Ambalathingal, Ross S Francis, Mark J Smyth, Corey Smith, Rajiv Khanna
BK polyomavirus (BKV) causes frequent infections during childhood and establishes persistent infections within renal tubular cells and the uroepithelium, with minimal clinical implications. However, reactivation of BKV in immunocompromised individuals following renal or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation may cause serious complications, including BKV-associated nephropathy (BKVAN), ureteric stenosis, or hemorrhagic cystitis. Implementation of more potent immunosuppression and increased posttransplant surveillance has resulted in a higher incidence of BKVAN...
April 2017: Clinical Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295968/nosocomial-bk-polyomavirus-infection-causing-hemorrhagic-cystitis-among-patients-with-hematological-malignancies-after-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Jun Kato, Takehiko Mori, Tetsuro Suzuki, Masahiko Ito, Tian-Cheng Li, Masatoshi Sakurai, Yusuke Yamane, Rie Yamazaki, Yuya Koda, Takaaki Toyama, Naoki Hasegwa, Shinichiro Okamoto
BK polyomavirus (BKPyV) is recognized as a pathogen that causes diseases such as hemorrhagic cystitis and nephritis after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) or renal transplantation. BKPYV-associated disease is thought to occur through reactivation under immunosuppression. However, the possibility of its nosocomial transmission and the clinical significance of such transmission have not been elucidated. During a 6-month period, 9 adult patients (median age: 47 years) with hematological disorders who were treated with HSCT (N=7) or chemotherapy (N=2) in a single hematology department developed hemorrhagic cystitis due to BKPYV infection...
March 14, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295832/polyomavirus-micrornas-circulating-in-biological-fluids-during-viral-persistence
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REVIEW
Francesco Martelli, Simone Giannecchini
Increasing evidence suggests that microRNA-mediated gene silencing, detected during exosome intercellular communication between cells, may be exploited by persistent human viruses. Recently, it has been reported that human polyomaviruses encode microRNAs that downregulate large T expression and target host factors, helping the virus to escape immune elimination. Consequently, viral microRNAs and their genetic variability may have roles in the induction of polyomavirus reactivation, the success of persistence or replication and the development of diseases...
March 10, 2017: Reviews in Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295760/variability-in-assessing-for-bk-viremia-whole-blood-is-not-reliable-and-plasma-is-not-above-reproach-a-retrospective-analysis
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Neerja Agrawal, Ignacio A Echenique, Shane M Meehan, Ajit P Limaye, Linda Cook, Anthony Chang, Robert C Harland, Basit Javaid, Pradeep V Kadambi, Scott Matushek, James Williams, Michelle A Josephson
Polyomavirus nephropathy (PVN) is a major complication of kidney transplantation. Most reports describe polyomavirus viremia either precedes or is detectable at the time of diagnosis of PVN. This association is the basis of current screening recommendations. We retrospectively reviewed the PCR results of blood and urine samples from 29 kidney transplant recipients with biopsy proven PVN. Biopsies were performed for a rise in serum creatinine or persistent high-level BK viruria. All biopsies had polyoma virus large T-antigen expression in tubular epithelium by immunohistochemistry...
March 14, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292677/multiple-lines-of-evidence-to-identify-sewage-as-the-cause-of-water-quality-impairment-in-an-urbanized-tropical-watershed
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Marek Kirs, Veljo Kisand, Mayee Wong, Roberto A Caffaro-Filho, Philip Moravcik, Valerie J Harwood, Bunnie Yoneyama, Roger S Fujioka
Indicator bacteria, which are conventionally used to evaluate recreational water quality, can originate from various non-human enteric and extra-enteric sources, hence they may not be indicative of human health risk nor do they provide information on the sources of contamination. In this study we utilized traditional (enterococci and Escherichia coli) and alternative (Clostridium perfringens) indicator bacteria, F(+)-specific coliphage, molecular markers for microorganisms associated with human sewage (human-associated Bacteroides and polyomaviruses), and microbial community analysis tools (16S rRNA gene fragment amplicon sequencing), to identify and evaluate human sewage-related impact in the Manoa watershed in Honolulu, Hawaii...
March 10, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284622/a-novel-pulmonary-polyomavirus-in-alpacas-vicugna-pacos
#11
Florante N Dela Cruz, Linlin Li, Eric Delwart, P A Pesavento
Viral metagenomic analysis detected a novel polyomavirus in a 6-month old female alpaca (Vicugna pacos) euthanized after a diagnosis of disseminated lymphosarcoma. The viral genome was fully sequenced, found to be similar to other polyomaviruses in gene architecture and provisionally named Alpaca polyomavirus or AlPyV. Viral nucleic acid was detected by PCR in venous blood, spleen, thymus, and lung. AlPyV phylogenetically clustered in the "Wuki" group of PyVs, which includes WU and KI polyomaviruses, commonly found in human respiratory samples...
March 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282342/new-developments-in-the-biology-and-the-treatment-of-metastatic-merkel-cell-carcinoma
#12
Patrick Terheyden, Jürgen C Becker
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Patients with stage IIIB und IV metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma (mMCC), who are not suitable candidates for surgery or radiotherapy, are unlikely to achieve lasting remission or tumor control by chemo or targeted therapy. In the majority of cases, the tumor arises from viral carcinogenesis associated with the Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV). In MCPyV-negative tumors with a presumable ultraviolet carcinogenesis, a high mutational burden resulting in neoantigens was discovered...
March 9, 2017: Current Opinion in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281550/reduced-h3k27me3-expression-in-merkel-cell-polyoma-virus-positive-tumors
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Klaus J Busam, Melissa P Pulitzer, Daniel C Coit, Maria Arcila, Danielle Leng, Achim A Jungbluth, Thomas Wiesner
Merkel cell carcinoma is a primary cutaneous neuroendocrine carcinoma, which once metastatic is difficult to treat. Recent mutation analyses of Merkel cell carcinoma revealed a low number of mutations in Merkel cell polyomavirus-associated tumors, and a high number of mutations in virus-negative combined squamous cell and neuroendocrine carcinomas of chronically sun-damaged skin. We speculated that the paucity of mutations in virus-positive Merkel cell carcinoma may reflect a pathomechanism that depends on derangements of chromatin without alterations in the DNA sequence (epigenetic dysregulation)...
March 10, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273393/a-retrospective-study-to-describe-the-epidemiology-and-outcomes-of-opportunistic-infections-after-abdominal-organ-transplantation
#14
Mia Helfrich, Peter Dorschner, Kathryn Thomas, Valentina Stosor, Michael G Ison
BACKGROUND: Most epidemiologic studies of opportunistic infections (OI) following abdominal organ transplant (AOT) are derived prior to the era of contemporary immunosuppression and prophylaxis. These studies suggest that most OI occur within the first 6 months post transplant. METHOD: In this single-center, retrospective cohort study, we describe the epidemiology of OI in 359 consecutive AOT recipients, in the era of contemporary prophylaxis practices and alemtuzumab induction in kidney and simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplant recipients...
March 8, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258601/incidence-and-outcome-of-bk-polyomavirus-infection-in-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial-with-renal-transplant-patients-receiving-cyclosporine-mycophenolate-sodium-or-everolimus-based-low-dose-immunosuppressive-therapy
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Willem B van Doesum, Lilli Gard, Frederike J Bemelman, Johan W de Fijter, Jaap J Homan van der Heide, Hubert G M Niesters, Willem J van Son, Coen A Stegeman, Henk Groen, Annelies Riezebos-Brilman, Jan Stephan F Sanders
INTRODUCTION: It remains unclear whether overall degree of immunosuppression or specific effects of individual immunosuppressive agents are causal for increased occurrence of BK polyomavirus (BKPyV) infection in renal transplant recipients (RTR). METHODS: A prospective, multicenter, open-label randomized controlled trial in 361 de novo RTR was performed. A total of 224 RTR were randomized at 6 months into three treatment groups with dual therapy consisting of prednisolone (Pred) plus either cyclosporine (CsA), mycophenolate sodium (MPS), or everolimus (EVL)...
March 4, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255604/detection-of-a-new-jcv-strain-of-genotype-a-in-a-subpopulation-of-colorectal-adenocarcinomas-in-tunisia
#16
Wafa Toumi, Alessandro Ripalti, Luigi Ricciardiello, Abderraouf Cherif, Dalila Gargouri, Ahmed Bouhafa, Jamel Kharrat, Slim Jarboui, Hichem Benrhouma, Mohamed Zili, Ridha Khelifa
The etiology of colorectal cancer (CRC) remains elusive in spite of major advances in knowledge of this disease and related risk factors. Several studies report the detection of human polyomavirus JC (JCV) in colorectal tumors and some suggest its association with CRC. Since many known human virus associations with cancer are linked to factors such as ethnic and geographical origin, it is interesting to search for the postulated association of JCV with CRC in different populations and regions. In this perspective, the present work was undertaken to assess the presence of JCV in CRC tumors in Tunisia...
March 3, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247228/update-from-the-4th-edition-of-the-world-health-organization-classification-of-head-and-neck-tumours-what-is-new-in-the-2017-who-blue-book-for-tumors-and-tumor-like-lesions-of-the-neck-and-lymph-nodes
#17
Nora Katabi, James S Lewis
The World Health Organization (WHO) 2017 Classification of Head and Neck Tumors ("Blue Book") will now include a new chapter on tumors and tumor-like lesions of the neck and lymph nodes, which was not included in the previous edition. Tumors and tumor-like lesions, including a variety of cysts and metastases, can arise in any component in the neck, including soft tissue, lymph nodes, and developmental remnants. The pathology and clinical features of metastatic carcinoma of unknown primary in the head and neck has changed dramatically in the last several years...
March 2017: Head and Neck Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242482/single-center-experience-of-subclinical-rejections-and-bk-nephropathies-by-kidney-allografts-surveillance-biopsies
#18
Beata Naumnik, Jolanta Kowalewska, Tomasz Hryszko, Jerzy Glowiński, Magdalena Durlik, Michal C Myśliwiec
PURPOSE: Acute rejection of the kidney allograft remains the most important factor affecting the long-term graft outcome and is a major predictor of development of chronic damage and graft loss. Several studies have shown that early detection and treatment of subclinical rejection episodes may be beneficial for the graft outcome. The role of protocol (surveillance) biopsies and the value of donor specific antibodies (DSA) monitoring are still debatable. METHODS: This is a prospective observational study involving seventeen kidney recipients transplanted in north-eastern part of Poland who underwent "zero", 3-month and 12-month allograft biopsies as well as DSA assessment...
February 24, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239901/molecular-prevalence-of-merkel-cell-polyomavirus-in-nonmelanoma-skin-cancer-in-a-brazilian-population
#19
T R Bellott, C F Baez, S G Almeida, M T Venceslau, M G Zalis, M A Guimarães, M C Rochael, F B Luz, R B Varella, J R Almeida
BACKGROUND: Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV), a newly described oncogenic virus, has been found in association with tumours other than Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC). As yet, little is known about the involvement or influence of MCPyV on the development of these tumours and its prevalence in various populations. AIM: To assess the prevalence of MCPyV DNA in cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC). METHODS: The prevalence of MCPyV DNA was assessed in 96 cases of NMSC in a Brazilian population comprising 76 subjects, and these results were correlated with epidemiological and demographical data...
February 27, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238305/polyomavirus-infection-in-gouldian-finches-erythrura-gouldiae-and-other-pet-birds-of-the-family-estrildidae
#20
E Circella, A Caroli, M Marino, M Legretto, N Pugliese, G Bozzo, G Cocciolo, D Dibari, A Camarda
A syndrome characterized by apathy, diarrhoea and high mortality of nestlings was observed in a flock of pet birds of the family Estrildidae. Enlargement of the liver, pulmonary congestion and urate accretions in the kidney were observed. Microscopically, there was glomerular atrophy, oedema and congestion of the lungs and necrosis and fibrosis of the liver. Cowdry type B intranuclear inclusion bodies were detected in the tissues. Polyomavirus was detected by polymerase chain reaction. The entire genome of the virus was amplified and sequenced, revealing 99 % identity to the sequence of finch polyomavirus isolated from the Eurasian bullfinch (family Fringillidae)...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Comparative Pathology
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