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J Med Virol. 2013 Jun;85(6):1053-7. doi: 10.1002/jmv.23468.

Human papillomavirus was not detected by PCR using multiple consensus primer sets in esophageal adenocarcinomas in Chinese patients.

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Department of Nephrology, The Affiliated People's Hospital of Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, China.


The role of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in the development of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma is well established; however, there are few reports on the role of HPV in esophageal adenocarcinoma. To evaluate the putative role of HPV infection in esophageal adenocarcinoma, 57 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded esophageal adenocarcinoma specimens were collected from four hospitals in Shanghai and Anyang, China, between 1999 and 2008. HPV DNA was analyzed using PCR with multiple sets of consensus primers for HPV, GP5+/6+, CPI/CPIIG, SPF10, pU-1M/pU2R, and pU31B/pU2R. Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH), the internal control, was amplified successfully in all 57 specimens. However, HPV amplification was not detected in any specimens with any of the consensus primer sets used. The present study indicates that HPV infection is not likely to be a major factor in the etiology of esophageal adenocarcinoma in the Chinese population.

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