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J Virol. 1994 Apr;68(4):2142-50.

Differential regulation of the JE gene encoding the monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP-1) in cervical carcinoma cells and derived hybrids.

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  • 1Forschungsschwerpunkt Angewandte Tumorvirologie, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg, Germany.


Malignant human papillomavirus type 18 (HPV18)-positive cervical carcinoma cells can be reverted to a nonmalignant phenotype by generation of somatic cell hybrids with normal human fibroblasts. Although nontumorigenic hybrids, their tumorigenic segregants, and the parental HeLa cells have similar in vitro properties, inoculation only of nontumorigenic cells into nude mice results in a selective suppression of HPV18 transcription which precedes cessation of cellular growth. Our present study, aimed at understanding the differential regulation in vitro and in vivo, shows that the JE gene, encoding the monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP-1), is expressed only in nontumorigenic hybrids. Although the gene, including its regulatory region, is intact, no JE (MCP-1) mRNA is detected in the tumorigenic segregants and in other malignant HPV-positive cervical carcinoma cell lines. Tests of several monocyte-derived cytokines showed that only tumor necrosis factor alpha strongly induces the JE (MCP-1) gene in nontumorigenic cells and that this is accompanied by a dose-dependent reduction of HPV transcription. The JE (MCP-1) up-regulation occurs within 2 h and does not require de novo protein synthesis. The response to tumor necrosis factor alpha seems to be mediated by an NF-kappa B-related mechanism, since the induction can be completely abrogated by pretreating the cells with an antioxidant such as pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate. Interestingly, cocultivation of nonmalignant hybrids with monocyte-enriched fractions from human peripheral blood also results in an induction of the JE (MCP-1) gene and a concomitant suppression of HPV18 transcription. Neither effect is observed in malignant cells. These data suggest that JE (MCP-1) may play a pivotal role in the intercellular communication by triggering an intracellular pathway which negatively interferes with viral transcription in HPV-positive nontumorigenic cells.

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