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Eur J Cancer. 2005 Mar;41(5):807-15.

Human papillomavirus-16 associated squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN): a natural disease model provides insights into viral carcinogenesis.

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UPCI Research Pavilion, The Hillman Cancer Center, 5117 Centre Avenue, Room 1.19d, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-1863, USA. ferrisrl@upmc.edu

Abstract

Uncertainty regarding the causality of human papillomaviruses (HPVs) in squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) necessitates better in vitro models. We carried out molecular analyses of a novel, naturally HPV-16-transformed SCCHN cell line (UPCI:SCC090) and show high copy number of HPV-16 DNA, present in a head to tail, tandemly repeated integrated state. Sequence analysis of the HPV-16 long control region (LCR) in UPCI:SCC090 revealed a deletion of 163 bp, removing a portion of the enhancer sequence, including the binding sites for the transcription factors YY1 and NF1. The E6 and E7 oncogenes of HPV-16 are expressed at high levels in this cell lines, as determined by quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). UPCI:SCC090 contains wild-type tumour suppressor TP53 gene, and undetectable p53 protein, except after treatment with cisplatin, specific proteasome inhibitors or by E6 RNA interference, suggesting E6-dependent degradation of p53 in this cell line. The results of our studies are consistent with a causative role of HPV-16 in the pathogenesis of SCCHN.

PMID:
15763658
DOI:
10.1016/j.ejca.2004.11.023
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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