The antibody response to HPV proteins and the genomic state of HPVs in patients with cervical cancer
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- The antibody response to HPV proteins and the genomic state of HPVs in patients with cervical cancer
- Chan Joo Kim; Soo Jong Um; Eun Seong Hwang; Sue Nie Park; Seung Jo Kim; Sung Eun Namkoong; Jong Sup Park
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- International Journal of Gynecological Cancer, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 1-11
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- Human papillomavirus (HPV) DNAs are often found to be integrated into the human genome in high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) as well as in invasive cervical cancers. Investigation of the relationship between the genomic status of specific HPV genes and their antibody responses to the virus-like particles (VLPs) of HPV-16 L1/L2 proteins and the in vitro translated HPV-16 E6 and E7 proteins may help to illustrate the mechanism of HPV-related cervical carcinogenesis and host immune response. Cervical cancer tissues obtained from 39 patients were studied to evaluate the physical status of HPV genes by Southern blotting, DNA-PCR, and RT-PCR of E2. The antibody response against the HPV-16 L1/L2 VLPs of serum specimens were tested by ELISA and the antibody response against the HPV-16 E6 and E7 proteins were tested by radioimmunoprecipitation assay (RIPA), respectively. Integrated forms of HPV-16 DNA were found in 23 of the 38 patients (60.5%). The HPV-16 positive cervical cancer patients showed a significantly higher prevalence rate (39.5%; 15/38) of antibodies to HPV-16 L1/L2 VLPs than that of the control group (8.7%; 2/28) (P < 0.05). Antibodies to HPV-16 L1/L2 VLPs were more commonly detectable in cervical cancer patients having the episomal form of HPV-16 DNA (pure episomal and mixed forms) (60%; 9/15) than in those who had only the integrated forms of HPV-16 DNA (26.1%; 6/23) (P < 0.05). Antibodies to E6 and E7 proteins were positive in 36.8% (14/38) and 50% (19/38) of the patients with HPV16 positive cervical cancer, respectively. These were significantly higher than the positive rates for the control group (8.3% and 2.8%) (P < 0.05). The differences between sero-reactivities to E6 and E7 proteins in the patients with episomal forms of HPV-16 DNA and those with integrated forms of HPV-16 DNA were not statistically significant (P > 0.05). Integrated forms of HPV-16 DNA were prevalent in most patients with cervical cancer in Korea. Antibodies to HPV-16 L1/L2 VLPs, in vitro translated HPV-16 E6 and E7 proteins, appeared in a significantly larger proportion of the HPV-associated cervical cancer patients than in the controls. Antibodies to HPV-16 L1/L2 VLPs were more often detected in cervical cancer patients having the episomal form of HPV-16 DNA than in those having only integrated forms of HPV-16 DNA. Antibody responses to HPV-16 E6 and E7 proteins were not influenced by the different viral states.
- cervical cancerELISAepisomeHPV-16 L1/L2 VLPhuman papillomavirus (HPV)In vitro translated proteinIntegrationRIPA
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