Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is clearly associated with cervical carcinomas, yet it is also true that there are cervical carcinomas in which HPV DNA is absent. We examined eight established cell lines derived from cervical carcinomas for the presence of mutations of the p53 antioncogene in relation to the presence of HPV DNA sequences. Of these eight cell lines, seven were positive for HPV DNA and the remaining one was negative for HPV DNA. Single-strand conformation polymorphism analyses revealed a point mutation of the p53 gene in the cell line in which HPV DNA was absent. Sequencing analysis revealed a single-base mutation at codon 273 from CGT to CAT(Arg → His) and immunocytochemical studies provided evidence that the p53 protein was overexpressed in this cell line. Our observations suggest that the loss of normal p53 gene function may be linked to the oncogenesis of cervical carcinoma.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology