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BK virus in renal transplantation

Hanneke de Kort, Kirstin M Heutinck, Jurjen M Ruben, Alessa E Valverde da Silva, Katja C Wolthers, Jörg Hamann, Ineke J M Ten Berge
BACKGROUND: BK polyomavirus (BKV)-associated nephropathy is a threat to kidney allograft survival affecting up to 15% of renal transplant patients. Previous studies revealed that tubular epithelial cells (TEC) show a limited response towards BKV infection. Here we investigated the interplay between BKV and TEC in more detail. In particular, we questioned whether BKV suppresses and/or evades antiviral responses. METHODS: Human primary tubular epithelial cells (TEC) and peripheral blood mononuclear cells were infected with BKV Dunlop strain or other viruses...
October 17, 2016: Transplantation
A L F Gouvêa, R I J Cosendey, F R Carvalho, R B Varella, C F de Souza, P F Lopes, A A Silva, M C Rochael, H P de Moraes, J R Lugon, J R Almeida
BACKGROUND: Urine monitoring programs represent an important strategy for early diagnosis of reactivation of BK polyomavirus (BKV) in kidney transplant recipients. This study analyzes a BKV urine screening model in kidney transplant patients. METHODS: Urinary screening for BKV reactivation was performed by urinary decoy cell and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests in samples from 32 consecutive kidney transplant patients, collected in a 6-month follow-up period...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Gabriel Godinho Pinto, Jose Antonio T Poloni, Liane N Rotta, Raymund R Razonable, Alessandro C Pasqualotto
Urine cytology and qPCR in blood and urine are commonly used to screen renal transplant recipients for polyomavirus-associated nephropathy (PVAN). Few studies, however, have directly compared these two diagnostic tests, in terms of their performance to predict PVAN. This was a systematic review in which adult (≥ 18 years old) renal transplant recipients were studied. A structured Pubmed search was used to identify studies comparing urine cytology and/or qPCR in urine and plasma samples for detecting PVAN with renal biopsy as the gold standard for diagnosis...
July 2016: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia: ʹorgão Oficial de Sociedades Brasileira e Latino-Americana de Nefrologia
Ashraf Kariminik
It has been demonstrated that IL-2 plays a dual role in induction/suppression of immune responses via activation of conventional and regulatory T lymphocytes, respectively. IL-2 contacts complete IL-2 receptor (IL-2R) which contains CD25 (α chain) on the antigen specific activated T helper and cytotoxic lymphocytes and also T regulatory cells. Additionally, previous investigations revealed that polyoma BK virus (PBK) reactivation and induction of PBK associated nephropathy (PBKAN) is a main complication following renal transplantation...
October 5, 2016: Cytokine
Aurore Barthélemy, Nicolas Bouvier, Renaud Verdon, Valérie Chatelet, Bruno Hurault de Ligny
We report the case of a human immunodeficiency virus-seropositive patient whose initial kidney transplant failed because of BK polyomavirus-induced nephropathy, and who underwent a second transplantation 3 years later. BK viruria was detected 1 day after transplantation. After 1 month, BK viremia developed along with a donor-specific antibody. After decreasing tacrolimus and mycophenolic acid and 2 courses of intravenous immunoglobulins, BK viremia and donor-specific antibody permanently disappeared, with stable renal function...
September 26, 2016: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
Georges Mourad, Jean-Emmanuel Serre, Cyrielle Alméras, Olivia Basel, Valérie Garrigue, Vincent Pernin, Moglie Le Quintrec
Infections and malignancies are the expected complications of immunosuppressive therapy, which non-specifically impairs cellular and humoral immune responses in renal transplant recipients. Infections were usually frequent and severe during the early post-transplant period (first year). Recent diagnostic methods (molecular biology) and availability of new antivirals, antifungal and antibiotic drugs made rapid diagnosis and systematic preventive strategies much easier and this resulted in a significant reduction of infections and infectious death in this population...
September 24, 2016: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
Darlene Vigil, Nikifor K Konstantinov, Marc Barry, Antonia M Harford, Karen S Servilla, Young Ho Kim, Yijuan Sun, Kavitha Ganta, Antonios H Tzamaloukas
Nephropathy secondary to BK virus, a member of the Papoviridae family of viruses, has been recognized for some time as an important cause of allograft dysfunction in renal transplant recipients. In recent times, BK nephropathy (BKN) of the native kidneys has being increasingly recognized as a cause of chronic kidney disease in patients with solid organ transplants, bone marrow transplants and in patients with other clinical entities associated with immunosuppression. In such patients renal dysfunction is often attributed to other factors including nephrotoxicity of medications used to prevent rejection of the transplanted organs...
September 24, 2016: World Journal of Transplantation
W James Chon, Nidhi Aggarwal, Masha Kocherginsky, Brenna Kane, Jozefa Sutor, Michelle A Josephson
BACKGROUND: Although early monitoring of BK virus infection in renal transplant patients has led to improved outcomes over the past decade, it remains unclear whether monitoring for viremia is the best screening tool for BK virus nephropathy (BKVN). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of the medical records of 368 renal transplant recipients who had a minimum of 18 months of posttransplantation follow-up. The relationship between the presence of BK viruria and a composite end point of BK viremia/BKVN was established, and the predictive value of high-grade BK viruria for development of viremia/BKVN was determined...
September 2016: Kidney Research and Clinical Practice
Chung Hee Baek, Hyosang Kim, Won Seok Yang, Duck Jong Han, Su-Kil Park
The outcomes of transplantation have improved, but more than 50% of kidney transplantation (KT) recipients are still reported to have renal function of chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 3 at 1 year after KT. We reviewed all 1235 patients who received a KT in our institution between 2008 and 2012. Among these recipients, 77 and 289 cases were included in the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) at 1 year after KT 30-44 (CKD stage 3b) group and eGFR 45-59 (CKD stage 3a) group, respectively. Longer duration of dialysis (odds ratio [OR] = 1...
September 22, 2016: Artificial Organs
Takeshi Maehana, Toshiaki Tanaka, Hiroshi Kitamura, Nobuyuki Fukuzawa, Hideki Ishida, Hiroshi Harada, Kazunari Tanabe, Naoya Masumori
BACKGROUND: Heat shock protein 90 (HSP90), a molecular chaperone associated with the activation of client proteins, was recently reported to play an important role in immunologic reactions. To date, the role of HSP90 in solid organ transplantations has remained unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between serum HSP90α levels and acute allograft rejection after organ and tissue transplantation using serum samples from kidney allograft recipients, an in vitro antibody-mediated rejection model, and a murine skin transplantation...
2016: PloS One
Gerold Thölking, Christina Schmidt, Raphael Koch, Katharina Schuette-Nuetgen, Dirk Pabst, Heiner Wolters, Iyad Kabar, Anna Hüsing, Hermann Pavenstädt, Stefan Reuter, Barbara Suwelack
Immunosuppression is the major risk factor for BK virus nephropathy (BKVN) after renal transplantation (RTx). As the individual tacrolimus (Tac) metabolism rate correlates with Tac side effects, we hypothesized that Tac metabolism might also influence the BKV infection risk. In this case-control study RTx patients with BK viremia within 4 years after RTx (BKV group) were compared with a BKV negative control group. The Tac metabolism rate expressed as the blood concentration normalized by the daily dose (C/D ratio) was applied to assess the Tac metabolism rate...
2016: Scientific Reports
Kunio Kawanishi, Kazuho Honda, Junki Koike, Motoshi Hattori, Shouhei Fuchinoue, Kazunari Tanabe, Hideaki Oda, Yoji Nagashima
BACKGROUND: The BK virus typically colonizes the lower urinary tract and is the causative agent in BK virus nephropathy (BKVN), which can progress to allograft dysfunction and graft loss. Urinary reflux in kidney allografts is induced by vesicoureteral reflux or disturbances in intrarenal reflux (IRR), believed to be associated with BKVN. This study was designed to elucidate the relationship between BKVN and IRR. METHODS: We examined 30 renal transplant recipients histologically diagnosed with BKVN using anti-Simian virus 40 immunohistochemistry and 60 clinically matched control recipients...
February 2016: Transplantation Direct
Peter Boan, Christopher Hewison, Ramyasuda Swaminathan, Ashley Irish, Kevin Warr, Rajalingam Sinniah, Todd M Pryce, James Flexman
BACKGROUND: BK virus is a polyoma virus causing renal allograft nephropathy. Reduction of immunosuppression with the early recognition of significant BK viral loads in urine and plasma can effectively prevent BKV associated nephropathy (BKVN), however the optimal compartment and frequency of BK viral load measurement post renal transplantation are undetermined. Our purpose was to examine time to detection and viral loads in urine compared to plasma, and establish viral load cut-offs associated with histological BKVN...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Caroline Lamarche, Julie Orio, Suzon Collette, Lynne Senécal, Marie-Josée Hébert, Édith Renoult, Lee Anne Tibbles, Jean-Sébastien Delisle
BK polyomavirus is ubiquitous, with a seropositivity rate of over 75% in the adult population. Primary infection is thought to occur in the respiratory tract, but asymptomatic BK virus latency is established in the urothelium. In immunocompromised host, the virus can reactivate but rarely compromises kidney function except in renal grafts, where it causes a tubulointerstitial inflammatory response similar to acute rejection. Restoring host immunity against the virus is the cornerstone of treatment. This review covers the virus-intrinsic features, the posttransplant microenvironment as well as the host immune factors that underlie the pathophysiology of polyomavirus-associated nephropathy...
July 7, 2016: Transplantation
Sonia Badwal, G S Chopra, P P Varma, A K Hooda
BACKGROUND: BK polyoma viral nephropathy (BKVAN) has emerged as a significant cause of renal allograft loss. The literature on BK viral infection from India is scarce. The study was therefore undertaken to evaluate impact of BK polyoma viral (BKV) infection on renal allograft recipients in Indian scenario from a service renal transplantation centre. METHODS: Renal allograft recipients who underwent graft biopsy formed the part of this descriptive cross-sectional study group...
April 2011: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
Asam Murtaza, Hatem Ali, Beena Nair, Aimun K Ahmed
We report a case of recurrent tubulointerstitial nephritis without uveitis in a patient with previous tubulointerstitial nephritis and uveitis syndrome after transplant. A 26-year-old male patient who had been diagnosed with tubulointerstitial nephritis and uveitis syndrome at 8 years of age developed end-stage renal failure and subsequently underwent living-donor related renal transplant at 17 years old. The 1st recurrence of tubulointerstitial nephritis and uveitis occurred 36 months after transplant, which was treated with increased immunosuppressive drugs...
June 29, 2016: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Arun Kumar Subbiah, Sudheer Arava, Soumita Bagchi, Karan Madan, Chandan J Das, Sanjay Kumar Agarwal
The differential diagnoses of a cavitary lung lesion in renal transplant recipients would include infection, malignancy and less commonly inflammatory diseases. Bacterial infection, Tuberculosis, Nocardiosis, fungal infections like Aspergillosis and Cryptococcosis need to be considered in these patients. Pulmonary cryptococcosis usually presents 16-21 mo after transplantation, more frequently in patients who have a high level of cumulative immunosuppression. Here we discuss an interesting patient who never received any induction/anti-rejection therapy but developed both BK virus nephropathy as well as severe pulmonary Cryptococcal infection after remaining stable for 6 years after transplantation...
June 24, 2016: World Journal of Transplantation
Robert Y L Wang, Yi-Jung Li, Wei-Chen Lee, Hsin-Hsu Wu, Chan-Yu Lin, Cheng-Chia Lee, Yung-Chang Chen, Cheng-Chieh Hung, Chih-Wei Yang, Ya-Chung Tian
BK virus (BKV) is a polyomavirus that cause of allograft dysfunction among kidney transplant recipients. The role of BKV infection in non-renal solid organ transplant recipients is not well understood neither for the relationship between various BKV strains with occurrence of BKV viral viruria. This study aimed to understand the prevalence of BKV infection and identified of BKV various strains in the urine of liver transplant recipients. There was not significant difference of renal outcome between high BKV viruria and low BKV viruria in the liver transplant recipients...
2016: Scientific Reports
Hanen Boukoum, Imen Nahdi, Wissal Sahtout, Habib Skiri, Michel Segondy, Mahjoub Aouni
The human polyomaviruses BKPyV and JCPyV are members of Polyomaviridae family and after primary infections they persist as latent infection especially in the kidneys. BKVPy reactivation is mainly related to a renal nephropathy and JCV reactivation can induce the progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. The aim of this study was to investigate and to compare the presence of BKPyV and JCPyV in urine and plasma samples from immunocompromised and immunocompetent groups. The viral detection and quantification was done by a real time PCR from 100 healthy individuals and from 72 kidney transplanted patients (KTx) enrolled in a prospective study...
August 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
Y Funahashi, M Kato, T Fujita, S Ishida, A Mori, M Gotoh
BACKGROUND: Urinary decoy cells develop after renal transplantation and their appearance is attributable primarily to the proliferation of polyomavirus types BK and JC. We measured the levels of these 2 viruses that cause decoy cells to appear in the urine. PATIENTS AND METHODS: BK and JC virus levels were quantified in 1182 urine samples from 335 renal transplant patients using a multiplex Taqman real-time polymerase chain reaction assay. Forty-four samples were excluded from analyses because both viruses were present at ≥10(4) copies/mL...
April 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
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