Indicadores de prognóstico da carcinogénese do colo do útero associada à infeção por vírus do papiloma humano

Translated title of the contribution: Biomarkers of cervical carcinogenesis associated with genital human papillomavirus infection

Ana Oliveira, Candida Delgado, Nuno Verdasca, Angela Pista

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Introduction/Objective: Persistent infection with high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) types is a necessary cause for cervical cancer development. The aim of this study was to evaluate the significance of different molecular markers for cervical carcinogenesis, and to assess their association with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia. Materials and Methods: 378 cervical samples from women attending to primary Health Clinics of the National Health Service and Gynaecological Outpatient Clinics and referred for HPV testing were analyzed between between January 2007 and December 2010. According to cytological diagnosis, five groups were defined: normal, ASCUS, LSIL, HSIL, and ICC. For the determination of viral DNA physical status was performed by using a real-time PCR methodology, over expression of E6/E7 mRNA NASBA amplification was performed with the NucliSENS EasyQ HPV assay and viral load was determined by a real-time PCR. HPV status was studied in relation to lesion severity. Statistical analysis was performed with SPSS software 16.0 and Chi-Square test. Results: No significant statistical differences were found between the physical status of HPV 16 or 18 and lesion severity. Over-expression of E6/E7 mRNA increased with lesion severity. Viral load was significantly associated with the development of cervical intraepithelial lesion. Conclusions: Data suggests that viral integration for HPV 16 seems to be an early event on cervical carcinogenesis, not being suitable as a molecular marker. E6/E7 mRNA and viral load can be more valuable approaches to use as biomarkers in the prevention of cervical cancer development.

Translated title of the contributionBiomarkers of cervical carcinogenesis associated with genital human papillomavirus infection
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)139-144
Number of pages6
JournalActa Medica Portuguesa
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Biologica
  • Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia
  • Papillomavirus infections
  • Tumor markers
  • Uterine cervical neoplasms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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