BK virus large T antigen: interactions with the retinoblastoma family of tumor suppressor proteins and effects on cellular growth control.


BK virus (BKV) is a polyomavirus which infects a large percentage of the human population. It is a potent transforming agent and is tumorigenic in rodents. BKV DNA has also been found in human brain, pancreatic islet, and urinary tract tumors, implicating this virus in neoplastic processes. BKV T antigen (TAg) is highly homologous to simian virus 40 TAg… (More)