Publications (2)1.45 Total impact
Article: Persistence of human papillomavirus DNA in cervical lesions after treatment with diathermic large loop excision.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to identify human papillomavirus (HPV) in cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) lesions and to evaluate the persistence of viral DNA after diathermic large loop excision (DLLE) treatment. Biopsies from 36 patients with low- and high-grade CIN lesions were studied before and after DLLE treatment looking for HPV sequences. DNA was extracted to perform a radioactive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using GP 5,6 generic primers. PCR products were analyzed by the single-stranded conformational polymorphism (SSCP) which is a simultaneous detection and typing method. Dot-blot hybridization with generic and type-specific biotinylated oligonucleotide probes was applied in some cases. HPV DNA was found in all pretreatment samples, and the viral type was identified in 80% of them, HPV 16 being the most prevalent. The viral type coincided with that detected in the first biopsy in all except one case. Seventy five percent of the patients (27 cases) were negative for CIN at follow up, but 50% of them remained HPV DNA positive. DLLE treatment was effective in removing the CIN lesion but not the HPV. This fact points out the need to asses the presence of HPV in DNA during the follow-up, since viral persistence has been considered a high risk factor for recurrence and/or malignant transformation.Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology 02/1998; 6(5):214-9.
Article: Effect of human papillomavirus infection on estrogen receptor and heat shock protein hsp27 phenotype in human cervix and vagina.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: In this study we have explored whether, as a consequence of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, there is inappropriate expression of estrogen receptor and/or of a small heat shock protein of 27,000 daltons (hsp27). Estrogen receptor, hsp27, and HPV structural antigens were detected by immunocytochemistry, while HPV DNA (6/11, 16/18, 31/35/51) was determined by in situ hybridization in cervical and vaginal samples from 40 patients. Most of the samples with HPV infection without atypia showed a shift in estrogen receptor expression since this protein appeared mainly in the intermediate and superficial cell layers. In the serial sections, these layers displayed strong estrogen receptor staining, together with high HPV replication and late HPV gene expression. In the samples with HPV infection and atypia, estrogen receptors were also frequently found in the basal and parabasal cells, but almost 20% of these samples did not show estrogen receptors. The presence of high estrogen receptor expression was not dependent on a particular HPV DNA type. On the other hand, interesting modifications in hsp27 expression were observed in the HPV-infected tissues. The cytoplasm of the cells with koilocytotic changes showed very low hsp27 content. In several samples this protein appeared in the nuclei of the superficial cells, and sometimes it was also observed in the cytoplasm of the basal cells. These changes in estrogen receptor and hsp27 expression suggest that these proteins might have a role in virus-host biology.International Journal of Gynecological Pathology 02/1992; 11(2):113-21. · 1.45 Impact Factor