Review: JC virus infection of lymphocytes-revisited

G. L. Gallia, S. A. Houff, E. O. Major, K. Khalili

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JC virus (JCV), the causative agent of the fatal human demyelinating disease progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), is an opportunistic papovavirus that infects and destroys oligodendrocytes, the myelin-producing cells of the central nervous system. Since its isolation from the brain of a PML patient, JCV has long been classed as a neurotropic virus. Many studies, however, have demonstrated that JCV can infect various other cell types, including immune system cells. Moreover, several recent studies have focused specifically on lymphocytes as a target of JCV. This review chronicles the association of JCV with lymphocytes, including cell type localization, molecular regulation, and viral sequences, and discusses clinical implications of these findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1603-1609
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases


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