Human papilloma virus-dependent HMGA1 expression is a relevant step in cervical carcinogenesis

Massimiliano Mellone, Christian Rinaldi, Isabella Massimi, Marialaura Petroni, Veronica Veschi, Claudio Talora, Silvia Truffa, Helena Stabile, Luigi Frati, Isabella Screpanti, Alberto Gulino, Giuseppe Giannini

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HMGA1 is a member of a small family of architectural transcription factors involved in the coordinate assembly of multiprotein complexes referred to as enhanceosomes. In addition to their role in cell proliferation, differentiation, and development, high-mobility group proteins of the A type (HMGA) family members behave as transforming protoncogenes either in vitro or in animal models. Recent reports indicated that HMGA1 might counteract p53 pathway and provided an interesting hint on the mechanisms determining HMGA's transforming potential. HMGA1 expression is deregulated in a very large array of human tumors, including cervical cancer, but very limited information is available on the molecular mechanisms leading to HMGA1 deregulation in cancer cells. Here, we report that HMGA1 expression is sustained by human papilloma virus (HPV) E6/E7 proteins in cervical cancer, as demonstrated by either E6/E7 overexpression or by repression through RNA interference. Knocking down HMGA1 expression by means of RNA interference, we also showed that it is involved in cell proliferation and contributes to p53 inactivation in this type of neoplasia. Finally, we show that HMGA1 is necessary for the full expression of HPV18 E6 and E7 oncoproteins thus establishing a positive autoregulatory loop between HPV E6/E7 and HMGA1 expression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)773-781
Number of pages9
JournalNeoplasia (United States)
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research


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