Viral study suggests an approach that may decrease kidney damage in transplant patients

Sunnie Thompson’s study of BK polyomavirus replication may lead to less failure of kidneys following organ transplant. The virus is silently harbored in most humans; when transplant recipients receive drugs to suppress their immune system to prevent graft rejection, the virus can reactivate and damage the kidney. Thompson’s research points to a new way to reduce BK polyomavirus levels in transplant patients without reducing immunosuppressing drugs.
Source: EurekaAlert, https://www.eurekalert.org