[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Study question:
Is the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV) in semen associated with impairment of semen quality?
In a large cohort of males seeking fertility evaluation, no associations were observed between seminal HPV presence and semen parameters.
What is known already:
HPV is commonly detected in semen samples. Whether the presence of HPV is related to impairment of semen quality, remains unclear.
Study design, size, duration:
This cross-sectional study included a cohort of 430 males.
Participants/materials, setting, methods:
Male partners in couples seeking fertility evaluation provided one semen sample per person. Semen samples were tested for HPV-DNA using GP5+/6+-PCR. Sperm concentration was counted and motility was assessed in a Makler counting chamber at a magnification of ×200. The presence of antisperm antibodies was assessed by a mixed agglutination reaction (MAR)-test.
Main results and the role of chance:
Overall HPV was detected in 14.9% (64/430) of semen samples, including 2.1% (9/430) that contained both high-risk (hr) HPV and low-risk (lr) HPV types, 8.8% (38/430) with exclusively hrHPV types and 4.0% (17/430) with exclusively lrHPV types. The presence of HPV in semen was not associated with the age of the participants, seminal pH, semen volume, total sperm count, sperm concentration, progressive motility or the presence of antisperm antibodies.
Limitations, reasons for caution:
This study did not observe an association between HPV presence in semen and impairment of semen quality. However, we cannot exclude an effect of seminal HPV on early embryo development and clinical reproductive outcomes.
Wider implications of the findings:
As HPV is frequently present in semen, screening of donor semen for HPV should be considered to prevent iatrogenic cervical HPV infections in the recipient. However our findings do not support standardized HPV testing of semen in the diagnostic work-up of subfertile couples.
Study funding/competing interests:
This study was sponsored by an unrestricted grant of Stichting Researchfonds Pathology Amsterdam, the Netherlands. P.J.F.S. has been on the speakers bureau of Roche, Gen-Probe, Abbott, Qiagen and Seegene and has been a consultant for Crucell B.V. J.B. has been on the speakers bureau of Qiagen and has been a consultant for Roche, DDL Diagnostic Laboratory, GlaxoSmithKline and Merck. D.A.M.H. has been member of the scientific advisory boards of Amgen and Pfizer, and has been on the speakers bureau of Hologic/Gen-Probe. C.J.L.M.M. has been on the speakers bureau of GlaxoSmithKline, Qiagen, Merck, Roche, Menarini and Seegene, has served occasionally on the scientific advisory board of GlaxoSmithKline, Qiagen, Merck, Roche and Genticel, and has occasionally been a consultant for Qiagen. Formerly, C.J.L.M.M. was a minority shareholder of Delphi Biosciences, which bankrupted in 2014. C.J.L.M.M. is a minority shareholder of Diassay B.V. P.J.F.S., D.A.M.H. and C.J.L.M.M. have minority stake in Self-Screen B.V., a spin-off company of VU University Medical Center. R.L., M.G.D., P.G.A.H., D.T.M.P., and I.H. do not have any conflicts of interest to disclose.
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No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Human Reproduction
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective. A previous study has shown that Dynamic Spectral Imaging (DSI) colposcopy increases the sensitivity of the colposcopic examination in women referred with abnormal cytology. In this study we have reanalyzed the performance of DSI and conventional colposcopy for new referral conditions and for low-grade cytology referrals versus high-grade cytology referrals. Method. Data from a previous validation trial was used to assess the performance of DSI in different cytology groups:Women referred with BMD (borderline andmild dyskaryosis) cytology and women referredwith NBMD cytology either hrHPV positive or negative were separately analyzed. Furthermore, we tried to assess the clinical performance by appropriate filtering of patients to replicate two different referral strategies. Results. The sensitivity of DSI and conventional colposcopy to detect CIN2+ lesions in women referred with BMD cytology is 82% and 44% respectively (p= 0.001) and in the NBMD group 77% and 64% respectively (p= 0.24). If the two techniques are combined the sensitivity is 85%.When the conditions of newscreening strategies are applied DSI colposcopy has a higher sensitivity to detect CIN2+ than conventional colposcopy. Findings are similar when CIN3+ is used as a threshold. Conclusion. We found that inmost cases DSI colposcopy has a higher sensitivity than conventional colposcopy, even when referral criteria are changed. Unlike conventional colposcopy, the sensitivity of colposcopy with DSI in low-grade cytology referralswas found similar to the sensitivity in high-grade cytology referrals. This suggests that a baseline colposcopy sensitivitymay be possiblewith the adjunctive use of theDSI map, irrespective of referral cytology.
No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · Gynecologic Oncology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objectives:
A large portion of anogenital cancers is caused by high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) infections, which are especially common in MSM HIV-infected men. We aimed to compare the incidence and clearance of anal and penile hrHPV infection between HIV-infected and HIV-negative MSM.
Analyses of longitudinal data from a prospective cohort study.
MSM aged at least 18 years were recruited in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and followed-up semi-annually for 24 months. At each visit, participants completed risk-factor questionnaires. Anal and penile self-samples were tested for HPV DNA using the SPF10-PCR DEIA/LiPA25 system. Effects on incidence and clearance rates were quantified via Poisson regression, using generalized estimating equations to correct for multiple hrHPV types.
Seven hundred and fifty MSM with a median age of 40 years (interquartile 35-48) were included in the analyses, of whom 302 (40%) were HIV-infected. The incidence rates of hrHPV were significantly higher in HIV-infected compared with HIV-negative MSM [adjusted incidence rate ratio (aIRR) 1.6; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.3-2.1 for anal and aIRR 1.4; 95%CI 1.0-2.1 for penile infection]. The clearance rate of hrHPV was significantly lower for anal [adjusted clearance rate ratio (aCRR) 0.7; 95%CI 0.6-0.9], but not for penile infection (aCRR 1.3; 95%CI 1.0-1.7). HrHPV incidence or clearance did not differ significantly by nadir CD4 cell count.
Increased anal and penile hrHPV incidence rates and decreased anal hrHPV clearance rates were found in HIV-infected compared with HIV-negative MSM, after adjusting for sexual behavior. Our findings suggest an independent effect of HIV infection on anal hrHPV infections.
No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · AIDS (London, England)
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Somatic mutations in cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) are largely unknown. Here, we profiled 35 cervical carcinomas and 23 CIN grade 2/3 (CIN2/3) for mutations in 48 cancer-related genes using a Next Generation Sequencing-based cancer panel. PIK3CA exon 9 was the most frequently mutated locus in cervical carcinoma and the only mutated locus detected in CIN2/3. These PIK3CA exon 9 mutation findings were verified in a large, independent series (n = 647) covering all stages of cervical carcinogenesis using high resolution melting-guided Sanger sequencing. PIK3CA exon 9 mutation frequency was 37.1% (13/35; 95%CI 21.2–54.0%) in cervical carcinoma, and 2.4% (5/209; 95%CI 0.5–4.7%) in CIN3. No PIK3CA exon 9 mutations were detected in CIN2 (0/144), CIN1 (0/154) and normal cervix (0/105). In a third series of 46 CIN2/3 lesions from women with a known 5-year history of preceding high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) infection, detection of PIK3CA exon 9 mutation was confined to 2 (5.4%; 95%CI 0.0–13.2%) CIN3 lesions with preceding hrHPV infection ≥5 years, and was absent in those with a short duration (<5 years) of preceding hrHPV infection. In conclusion, somatic mutation in PIK3CA represents a late event during cervical carcinogenesis, detected in a substantial subset of cervical carcinoma, but only in a minority of CIN3.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Human papillomavirus (HPV)-related screening technologies and HPV vaccination offer enormous potential for cancer prevention, notably prevention of cervical cancer. The effectiveness of these approaches is, however, suboptimal owing to limited implementation of screening programmes and restricted indications for HPV vaccination. Trials of HPV vaccination in women aged up to 55 years have shown almost 90% protection from cervical precancer caused by HPV16/18 among HPV16/18-DNA-negative women. We propose extending routine vaccination programmes to women of up to 30 years of age (and to the 45-50-year age groups in some settings), paired with at least one HPV-screening test at age 30 years or older. Expanding the indications for HPV vaccination and much greater use of HPV testing in screening programmes has the potential to accelerate the decline in cervical cancer incidence. Such a combined protocol would represent an attractive approach for many health-care systems, in particular, countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia, and some more-developed parts of Africa. The role of vaccination in women aged >30 years and the optimal number of HPV-screening tests required in vaccinated women remain important research issues. Cost-effectiveness models will help determine the optimal combination of HPV vaccination and screening in public health programmes, and to estimate the effects of such approaches in different populations.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Recent studies have shown that CADM1/MAL methylation levels in cervical scrapes increase with severity and duration of the underlying cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) lesion. Multiple lesions of different histological grades and duration are frequently present on the cervix. To gain more insight into the possible epigenetic heterogeneity and its consequences for the methylation status in cervical scrapes, we performed an exploratory study of CADM1/MAL methylation in different grades of CIN lesions present in women with multiple cervical biopsies. CADM1-M18 and MAL-M1 methylation was assessed using a standardised, multiplex, quantitative methylation specific PCR on 178 biopsies with various grades of CIN in 65 women, and in their corresponding cervical scrapes. CADM1/MAL methylation positivity increased with disease severity, from 5.5% in normal biopsies to 63.3% and 100% in biopsies with CIN3 and cervical cancer, respectively. In the majority (8/9) of women where besides a CIN2/3 lesion a biopsy from normal cervical tissue was present, the CIN2/3 biopsy was CADM1/MAL methylation positive and the normal biopsy was CADM1/MAL methylation negative. A good concordance (78%) was found between CADM1/MAL methylation results on the scrapes and the biopsy with the worst diagnosis, particularly between samples of women with CIN3 and cervical cancer (92% and 100% concordance, respectively). Thus, in women with multiple cervical biopsies, CADM1/MAL methylation increases with severity of the lesion and is lesion-specific. CADM1/MAL methylation status in cervical scrapes appears to be representative of the worst underlying lesion, particularly for CIN3 and cervical cancer.
No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · International Journal of Cancer
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objectives:
To evaluate the value of cervical cell methylation markers in screening HIV-infected women also positive for high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV).
Cross-sectional and prospective.
Two hundred forty-eight HIV-infected hrHPV-positive women enrolled in a cervical cancer screening study in Nairobi, Kenya, had colposcopy-directed biopsy and histological diagnoses. Exfoliated cervical cells were used to measure methylation levels of the CADM1, MAL, and MIR124-2 genes using quantitative methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction. Methylation levels were summarized as cycle threshold (Ct) ratios compared with the β-actin gene. Median Ct ratios were compared across histological diagnoses, with 95% confidence intervals calculated by bootstrapping. Methylation levels at 6 months were assessed in 128 women who remained hrHPV positive.
All 3 methylation markers showed significantly (P < 0.001) raised median Ct ratios in women with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) grade 3 compared with women with a normal cervix. When markers were combined into a single test, the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for prediction of CIN2 or worse (CIN2+) was 0.80. When the test was calibrated to have similar specificity, sensitivity of the combined tri-marker test for CIN2+ was comparable with cytology [atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance or worse] (89% and 95%, respectively) and superior to visual inspection with acetic acid (85% vs 70%) and HPV16/18 genotyping (65% vs 40%). Among women with no CIN2+ at baseline and persistent hrHPV at 6-month follow-up, MAL-m1 and MIR124-2 Ct ratios increased significantly.
Methylation markers in combination with HPV testing may offer a full molecular screening strategy to the many HIV-infected women who are also hrHPV positive.
No preview · Article · Jun 2015 · JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective To assess the reduction in the vaccine preventable burden of cancer in men if boys are vaccinated along with girls against oncogenic human papillomavirus (HPV).
Design Bayesian evidence synthesis approach used to evaluate the impact of vaccination against HPV types 16 and 18 on the burden of anal, penile, and oropharyngeal carcinomas among heterosexual men and men who have sex with men. The reduced transmission of vaccine-type HPV from vaccination of girls was assumed to lower the risk of HPV associated cancer in all men but not to affect the excess risk of HPV associated cancers among men who have sex with men.
Setting General population in the Netherlands.
Intervention Inclusion of boys aged 12 into HPV vaccination programmes.
Main outcome measures Quality adjusted life years (QALYs) and numbers needed to vaccinate.
Results Before HPV vaccination, 14.9 (95% credible interval 12.2 to 18.1) QALYs per thousand men were lost to vaccine preventable cancers associated with HPV in the Netherlands. This burden would be reduced by 37% (28% to 48%) if the vaccine uptake among girls remains at the current level of 60%. To prevent one additional case of cancer among men, 795 boys (660 to 987) would need to be vaccinated; with tumour specific numbers for anal, penile, and oropharyngeal cancer of 2162, 3486, and 1975, respectively. The burden of HPV related cancer in men would be reduced by 66% (53% to 805) if vaccine uptake among girls increases to 90%. In that case, 1735 boys (1240 to 2900) would need to be vaccinated to prevent an additional case; with tumour specific numbers for anal, penile, and oropharyngeal cancer of 2593, 29107, and 6484, respectively.
Conclusions Men will benefit indirectly from vaccination of girls but remain at risk of cancers associated with HPV. The incremental benefit of vaccinating boys when vaccine uptake among girls is high is driven by the prevention of anal carcinomas, which underscores the relevance of HPV prevention efforts for men who have sex with men.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Introduction:
Because of the long interval between infection with high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) and development of cervical cancer surrogate markers for cancer incidence are necessary to monitor vaccine effectiveness (VE). The aim of this study was to calculate VE of HPV16/18 vaccination by annually assessing incident and persistent infections among (un)vaccinated girls from the general Dutch population up to 3 years after vaccination.
In 2009, 1668 girls (54% vaccinated) aged 14-16 years were enrolled in a prospective cohort study. Annually, questionnaire data were obtained, and a vaginal swab was tested for type-specific HPV DNA with SPF10-LiPA. VE was estimated by a Poisson model comparing type-specific infection rates in (un)vaccinated girls.
The adjusted VE (95% CI) was 73% (49-86%) against incident infections with HPV16/18 and 72% (52-84%) against HPV16/18/31/45. VE against persistent HPV16/18 was 100% and 76% (-17 to 95%) against HPV16/18/31/45. This number was lower (36%) when girls who were positive for HPV16 and 18 at baseline were included in the analysis. The overall VE for hrHPV types combined was small. Although 96% of girls were HPV-naïve at baseline, the cumulative 36-month incidence for any HPV was 20%, indicating high sexual activity.
Vaccination is effective against incident and persistent infections with HPV16/18 and HPV16/18/31/45. Low VE against persistent HPV16/18 infection in girls positive at baseline indicates importance of vaccination before sexual debut.