JC virus

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Supercoiled virus.

The virus is so named (JC virus) because it was isolated from the post mortem brain of a patient John Cunningham (JC), with PML.


-JC virus is an opportunistic infection. Infection is common; antibodies to JC virus are present in 80% of adults.



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  1. Medical Knowledge Self Assessment Program (MKSAP) 11, 18. American College of Physicians, Philadelphia 1998, 2018.
  2. Greenfield's Neuropathology, 5th ed., 1992 p. 336, 367-70
  3. 3.0 3.1 ARUP Consult: JC Virus - PML The Physician's Guide to Laboratory Test Selection & Interpretation https://www.arupconsult.com/content/jc-virus