Cellular immune responses to BK virus

Patrizia Comoli, Hans H. Hirsch, Fabrizio Ginevri

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Defects in cellular immunity to persistent viral infections are associated with an increased frequency and severity of viral diseases after transplantation. Polyomavirus BK (BKV) infection has emerged as an important cause of virus-related nephropathy after kidney allograft. Cell-mediated immunity seems to have a central role in preserving BKV latency. However, characterization of BKV-specific immunity has only recently begun. RECENT FINDINGS: Immune responses to BKV are not fully understood, but pioneer work points to cell-mediated immunity as a critical factor for the control of viral replication and recovery from BKV disease. SUMMARY: Advances in immunological techniques will provide further insight into the specificity and patterns of cellular response to BKV, which should assist translation into improved patient management and development of immunotherapeutic approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-574
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Organ Transplantation
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008


  • Cellular immunity
  • Nephropathy
  • Polyomavirus BK
  • Renal transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation

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