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Prevalence of mucosal and cutaneous human papillomaviruses in different histologic subtypes of vulvar carcinoma.

Authors: De Koning, MN  Quint, WG  Pirog, EC 
Citation: de Koning MN, etal., Mod Pathol. 2008 Jan 11;.
RGD ID: 2289673
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:18192968
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1038/modpathol.3801009

Two independent pathways of vulvar carcinogenesis have currently been identified, one related to infection with mucosal human papillomaviruses (HPVs) and a second related to chronic inflammatory or autoimmune processes. The goal of the study was to examine a possible role of cutaneous HPVs from the beta genus in vulvar carcinogenesis and to evaluate the distribution of intratypic variants of HPV 16 in HPV 16-positive vulvar cancer. Consecutive cases of vulvar carcinoma were retrieved from the files and included the following histologic subtypes: keratinizing (n=21), basaloid (n=7), warty (n=1), mixed basaloid-warty (n=4), verrucous (n=4), keratoacanthoma (n=1), basal cell carcinoma (n=1). All tumors were microdissected and tested for 25 beta HPV types and 25 mucosal HPV types. Cases identified as positive for HPV 16 were further tested for intratypic variants. All cases were immunostained for p16(INK4a). Beta HPVs were not detected in any of the tumor cases. Mucosal HPVs were detected in all but one basaloid/warty carcinomas; of these, nine cases (82%) were positive for HPV 16, including five European subtypes, one African subtype, one North American subtype and two indeterminate subtypes. Two of four verrucous carcinomas were positive for HPV 6. Mucosal HPVs were not detected in keratinizing carcinomas, keratoacanthoma and basal cell carcinoma. All cases of basaloid/warty carcinomas, but none of the remaining tumors, overexpressed p16(INK4a) protein. Our data do not support a role of beta HPVs in the pathogenesis of vulvar carcinoma. The study reaffirms the role of mucosal HPVs, in particular that of HPV 16, in the pathogenesis of basaloid and warty tumor subtypes. The HPV 16 intratypic variation showed correlation with patients' ethnic background. P16(INK4a) immunostaining seems to be a sensitive and specific marker of vulvar carcinomas positive for oncogenic mucosal HPVs.Modern Pathology advance online publication, 11 January 2008; doi:10.1038/modpathol.3801009.


Disease Annotations    
Vulvar Neoplasms  (IEP,ISO)

Objects Annotated

Genes (Rattus norvegicus)
Cdkn2a  (cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 2A)
Cdkn2a_v1  (cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 2A, variant 1)

Genes (Mus musculus)
Cdkn2a  (cyclin dependent kinase inhibitor 2A)

Genes (Homo sapiens)
CDKN2A  (cyclin dependent kinase inhibitor 2A)

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