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J Virol. 2011 May;85(9):4586-90. doi: 10.1128/JVI.02602-10. Epub 2011 Feb 9.

A novel human polyomavirus closely related to the african green monkey-derived lymphotropic polyomavirus.

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  • 1Division of Viral Infections, Robert Koch Institute, Nordufer 20, 13353 Berlin, Germany.


We identified a novel human polyomavirus from a kidney transplant patient under immunosuppressive treatment, by use of a generic PCR. The genome of the virus was completely amplified and sequenced. In phylogenetic analyses, it appeared as the closest relative to the African green monkey-derived lymphotropic polyomavirus (LPV). Further investigation of clinical samples from immunocompromised patients with specific nested PCR revealed additional positive samples, indicating that the virus naturally infects humans. The virus was tentatively named human polyomavirus 9 (HPyV9). The previously observed seroreactivity to LPV in human populations might find a partial explanation in the circulation of HPyV9.

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