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J Virol Methods. 2013 Nov;193(2):633-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jviromet.2013.06.026. Epub 2013 Jul 18.

Improved detection of human papillomavirus harbored in healthy skin with FAP6085/64 primers.

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Key Laboratory of Carcinogenesis and Translational Research (Ministry of Education), Peking University Cancer Hospital & Institute, China.


FAP59/64, FAP6085/6319, and CUT primer sets were designed for detecting cutaneous HPV and have been used in many clinical and epidemiology studies. The FAP6085/64 primer set was first evaluated in this study and the FAP6085/64 combination was found to be much more sensitive than all three original primer sets by using HPV plasmids as a template. To confirm further the effectiveness of the FAP6085/64 primer set in human DNA templates, 90 palmar exfoliated cell DNA samples were used to detect the cutaneous HPV by both the FAP59/64 and FAP6085/64 primer sets. The overall proportion of HPV detection in those skin samples was 77.8% (70/90) using FAP6085/64, as compared to 55.6% (50/90) using FAP59/64. The FAP6085/64 primer set was also applied in a population based study. The proportion of HPV detection was 73.96% (2076/2807) in skin samples collected from healthy individuals, and a total of 336 different PV types were found. Sixty (17.9%) of them were fully characterized HPV types, 127 (37.8%) were putative HPV types which had been described previously, 149 (44.3%) were novel putative HPV types, and two animal PVs were also detected. These results suggest that the FAP6085/64 primer set was sensitive and effective for detection of cutaneous HPV in healthy skin samples.


Cutaneous HPV; FAP cross primers; Healthy skin; Large samples

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