In our latest publication in the journal ‘Frontiers in Transplantation‘ we follow a group of 93 kidney transplant recipients for year after transplantation. We tested for the presence of different viruses of the herpes virus family, like herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6), cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). We also tested for the polyomavirus BK (BKV).
We found, that the HHV-6 species HHV-6A had a much higher incidence than the HHV-6 species HHV-6B, and the other tested viruses. Not only was HHV-6A more often reactivated after transplantation, the virus load was in some cases also much higher than for the other viruses. The high viral load had no effect on renal graft and hepatic function.