Basal cell tetrasomy in low-grade cervical squamous intraepithelial lesions infected with high-risk human papillomaviruses

Shirley A. Southern, Mark F. Evans, C. Simon Herrington

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    We have analyzed 60 low-grade cervical squamous intraepithelial lesions for low-and high-risk human papillomaviruses (HPVs) and for numerical abnormalities of chromosomes 1, 3, 11, 17, and 18 and the X chromosome, Eleven of 33 lesions infected with high-risk HPVs (HPV 16, 18, 30, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, and 66) but none of 24 lesions infected with low-risk HPVs (HPV 6, 11, 42, 43, and 44) and none of 15 normal cervices showed basal cell tetrasomy of all six chromosomes in the HPV-infefted areas, These changes were not HPV type specific and were not present in all lesions infected with the same HPV type, The presence of basal cell tetrasomy in lesions infected with high-hot not low-risk HPVs suggests that induction of chromosome instability may he one mechanism underlying the biological differences between these viral types.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4210-4213
    Number of pages4
    JournalCancer Research
    Issue number19
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1997

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