A cornucopia of human polyomaviruses

Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Nature Reviews Microbiology (Impact Factor: 23.57). 03/2013; 11(4). DOI: 10.1038/nrmicro2992
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During the past 6 years, focused virus hunting has led to the discovery of nine new human polyomaviruses, including Merkel cell polyomavirus, which has been linked to Merkel cell carcinoma, a lethal skin cell cancer. The discovery of so many new and highly divergent human polyomaviruses raises key questions regarding their evolution, tropism, latency, reactivation, immune evasion and contribution to disease. This Review describes the similarities and differences among the new human polyomaviruses and discusses how these viruses might interact with their human host.

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    • "This virus family includes the human BK PyV that causes Pyassociated nephropathy and hemorrhagic cystitis (Bennett et al., 2012) and JC PyV responsible for progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (Maginnis et al., 2014). Strikingly within the past nine years, ten new human Pys have been discovered (DeCaprio & Garcea, 2013; White et al., 2013). Of these, the Merkel cell PyV has already been implicated as the causative agent of an aggressive skin cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma (Feng et al., 2008). "
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    • "Polyomavirus and the DNA damage response VIROLOGICA SINICA 124 APRIL 2015 VOLUME 30 ISSUE 2 et al., 2014). The best characterized human polyomaviruses include BK polyomavirus (BKPyV), JC polyomavirus (JCPyV), and Merkel Cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) (DeCaprio and Garcea, 2013; Pinto and Dobson, 2014). BKPyV and JCPyV are found in the majority of the adult population as latent infections acquired in childhood and reside in the genitourinary tract (BKPyV and JCPyV) and bone marrow and brain (JCPyV) (Pinto and Dobson, 2014). "
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    • "To date, complete genome reference sequences for 46 polyomaviruses have been deposited at Genbank. Of those, 12 are human polyomaviruses [10-13]. Several polyomaviruses have been associated to specific diseases, such as Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) for JCPyV, polyomavirus-associated nephropathy (PVAN) for BKPyV, Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) for Merkel Cell Virus (MCPyV) and trichodysplasia spinulosa for Trichodysplasia spinulosa-associated Polyomavirus (TSPyV) [4,10,11,14-20]. "
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