Identification of a new control region in the genome of the DDP strain of BK virus isolated from PBMC

ArticleinJournal of Medical Virology 58(4):413-9 · September 1999with13 Reads
DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1096-9071(199908)58:43.0.CO;2-W · Source: PubMed
The various strains of human polyomavirus BK (BKV) show a marked heterogeneity in the non-coding control region (NCCR), which includes the origin of replication and the regulatory region for early and late transcription. A new BKV strain (DDP, U91605) was identified by direct detection and sequencing of PCR products of BKV-NCCR DNA obtained from PBMC samples of HIV-positive or -negative subjects. The DDP strain NCCR sequence showed an organisation not described previously in vivo with the maximum homology with the archetypal strain (WW) (M34048), as compared with those collected in GenBank. Structurally, P68, Q39, and S68 boxes were perfectly conserved, whereas the R63 box was completely deleted. This deletion involves the loss of sequences able to bind cellular factors essential for the DNA transcription, such as NF1 binding sites, normally present twice in the R box and the modification of SP1. It is possible that these rearrangements represent a cause of the loss of the VP1 region observed in 9/22 PBMC samples and never observed in urine isolates, which are similar to the WW strain.
    • "Examining fetal brain, kidney from different aborted fetuses and placenta from different mothers revealed PCR-amplified BKV TCR sequences with a PQS anatomy in all positive cases (Pietropaolo et al., 1998). This PQ strain was later also identified by different groups as the DDP strain in peripheral blood cells of HIV-positive and -negative individuals and healthy donors (Chatterjee et al., 2000; Degener et al., 1999; Dolei et al., 2000). A PQ TCR variant with only P and Q block sequences (T5R.BK isolate) was detected in the urine of a renal transplant recipient (Li et al., 2002). "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Worldwide studies have demonstrated that the human polyomavirus BK resides ubiquitously in the human population. After primary infection, which occurs mainly during childhood, the virus seems to establish a life-long harmless infection in the host. However, impaired immune functions may lead to reactivation of BK virus. The recent findings that associate BK virus with an increasing number of clinical conditions, including renal, pulmonary, ophthalmologic, hepatic, neurological, and autoimmune diseases, has resuscitated the interest in this virus as a pathogenic agent. This review focuses on polymorphisms in the genomes of non-passaged BK virus isolates from nonneoplastic tissues, with special focus on the transcriptional control region, the regulatory proteins large T-antigen and agnoprotein, and the major capsid protein VP1. The possible implications of genome diversity with respect to cell tropism, pathogenicity, and therapeutic strategies are discussed.
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    • "U91605 ; Degener et al., 1999). This strain shows maximum identity to the WW archetypal strain, since the P, Q and S boxes were perfectly conserved, whereas the R box was deleted (Degener et al., 1999 ; Rubinstein et al., 1987 ; Sundsfjord et al., 1990). As shown inFig. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BK and JC polyomaviruses (BKV and JCV) are widespread in humans and are thought to persist and reactivate under immune alterations. In addition to the kidney, lymphoid cells have been proposed as a site of latency. However, while this was shown to occur in immunocompromised patients, discordant data were published for healthy humans. To help to solve this issue, an extensive study (231 healthy subjects) was carried out on peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from blood donors of two towns and from operators of a blood transfusion centre. To discriminate between past and recent infection, nested PCRs for BKV and JCV non-coding control region (NCCR) and VP1 DNA sequences were carried out. Twenty-two per cent of subjects had BKV NCCR, but only 7% also had BKV VP1, as detected by PCR assays of similar sensitivities; the latter positivity was found to decrease with age. In both towns, the BKV WW archetypal DDP strain, subtype I, was found. Only 0.9% of subjects contained JCV DNA, for both NCCR and VP1. Blood operators presented a statistically significant increased prevalence of BKV NCCR (3. 0-fold) and BKV VP1 (9.4-fold) sequences with respect to blood donors of comparable ages, suggesting the possibility of occupational risk of BKV (re)infection or reactivation. Since the possibility of amplifying BKV VP1 sequences from PBMC of healthy humans is lost with age, this suggests that PBMC are not a site of polyomavirus persistence in healthy individuals and that detection of BKV VP1 DNA in PBMC is probably indicative of recent infection or reactivation.
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  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Haemorrhagic cystitis (HC) in allogeneic bone marrow transplanted (BMT) patients is associated with reactivation of BK virus (BKV) manifested as BK viruria. However, it has been suggested that BKV reactivation alone is not responsible for HC, since BKV can be detected in the urine of 50-90% of all adult BMT patients. In the present study, we analysed if BK viruses with specific mutations in the non-coding control region (NCCR) or in the region encoding the major capsid protein (VP1) were more frequently associated to the appearance of HC in BMT patients. The NCCR and the region encoding VP1 of BKV excreted in the urine from 25 BMT patients, 16 with and nine without HC, were sequenced by an ABI Prism Big Dye terminator cycle sequencing ready reaction kit. A statistically significant (P=0.019) overrepresentation of C to G mutations within the NCCR Sp1 binding site was observed in 7/16 (43%) patients with HC (six cases at position 249 (P=0.035) and one case at position 251), as compared with 0/9 (0%) of the patients without HC. Major differences were not observed in the VP1 sequences of patients with and without HC. BKV WW and WWT-variants as well as BKV subtype I were most commonly encountered in both groups of patients. In conclusion, C to G point mutations, within the BKV NCCR Sp1 binding site, were significantly more common in patients with HC, suggesting that these mutations may be indicative for the clinical diagnosis of HC and could influence the virulence of the virus.
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