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Methylation of CpG sites in the upstream regulatory region, physical status and mRNA expression of HPV-6 in adult-onset laryngeal papilloma

Zeyi Deng _, Taro Ikegami, Asanori Kiyuna, Chunlin Zhang, Tao Zhang, Sen Matayoshi, Takayuki Uehara, Hiroyuki Maeda, Mikio Suzuki and Akira Ganaha

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:85368-85377. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.19898

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Zeyi Deng1,2, Taro Ikegami2, Asanori Kiyuna2, Chunlin Zhang1,2,3, Tao Zhang1, Sen Matayoshi2, Takayuki Uehara2, Hiroyuki Maeda2, Mikio Suzuki2 and Akira Ganaha2

1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Zhujiang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

2Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan

3Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Affiliated Hospital of Zunyi Medical College, Zunyi, China

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Zeyi Deng, email: [email protected]

Keywords: adult-onset laryngeal papilloma, human papillomavirus-6, methylation, physical status, mRNA expression

Received: November 05, 2016     Accepted: July 13, 2017     Published: August 03, 2017


The methylation status of HPV-6 upstream regulatory region (URR) in adult-onset laryngeal papillomatosis (AO-LP) remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to investigate the methylation status of URR and the physical status of HPV-6, as well as the dynamic variations of viral load and mRNA expression in AO-LP. We examined 18 specimens from 11 patients with AO-LP by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR), bisulfite-sequencing PCR, and amplification of papilloma oncogene transcripts. HPV-6 was identified in 9 of 11 patients (81.8%), and all the 15 specimens derived from 9 HPV-6-positive cases contained only episomal HPV-6 transcripts with intact E2. Three HPV-6-positive patients developed recurrent lesions, and HPV-6 copy numbers and mRNA expression decreased after surgical treatment. Among the 96 CpG sites (16/case), 67 (69.8%) were unmethylated, while 23 (30.2%) were heterogeneous (≥ 1 methylated CpG clone). High viral loads and episomal status of HPV-6 were frequently observed in AO-LP; thus, persistent E6/E7 mRNA expression of LR-HPV-6 may be associated with AO-LP recurrences. Hypomethylation and scattered patterns of methylated CpGs at the URR of HPV-6 were identified in AO-LP.

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