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Hum Pathol. 1986 Dec;17(12):1250-8.

In situ hybridization detection of human papillomavirus DNAs and messenger RNAs in genital condylomas and a cervical carcinoma.


Routinely processed formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded sections from anogenital condyloma acuminatum and an invasive squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix were examined by in situ hybridization for the detection of human papillomavirus (HPV) DNAs and messenger RNAs. Asymmetric, single-stranded, tritium-labeled RNA probes for both the coding and the nonsense strands of HPVs 6, 11, 16, 18, and 31 were hybridized and washed under stringent conditions and detected by autoradiography. Type-specific HPV DNAs were detected with specific nuclear localization, while HPV messenger RNAs gave much higher signals and had clear-cut cytoplasmic localization. Cross-hybridization was observed only with closely related viruses. The level of signal obtained seemed to be linked to the degree of cellular differentiation, with koilocytotic cells labeling the most heavily. However, messenger RNA could be detected in even relatively undifferentiated cells within areas of dysplasia and invasive carcinoma. In situ hybridization is a sensitive and specific method for investigation of the dynamic interplay of papillomavirus replication and gene expression, cellular differentiation, and neoplastic transformation.

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