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BK Virus

Shmuel Shoham, M.D., Paul G. Auwaerter, M.D.
BK Virus is a topic covered in the Johns Hopkins ABX Guide.

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  • DNA polyomavirus, first isolated in 1971 in a renal transplant patient with initials B.K.
  • Member of DNA tumor virus family, well-known to cause tumors in rodents; however, oncologic potential in humans less certain.
  • Similar to JC virus, ~75% information shared genomically.
  • Two forms based on genotype:
    • Archetype virus: transmissible form, asymptomatic reactivation, disease.
    • Rearranged variants: may be more common in disease.

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Last updated: June 1, 2016


Shoham, Shmuel, and Paul G Auwaerter. "BK Virus." Johns Hopkins ABX Guide, The Johns Hopkins University, 2016. Pediatrics Central, peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540620/all/BK_Virus.
Shoham S, Auwaerter PG. BK Virus. Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. The Johns Hopkins University; 2016. https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540620/all/BK_Virus. Accessed April 20, 2019.
Shoham, S., & Auwaerter, P. G. (2016). BK Virus. In Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. Available from https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540620/all/BK_Virus
Shoham S, Auwaerter PG. BK Virus [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. The Johns Hopkins University; 2016. [cited 2019 April 20]. Available from: https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540620/all/BK_Virus.
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