Human papillomavirus type 32 does not display in Vitro transforming properties

Sandra Caldeira, Wen Dong, Pascal Tomakidi, Angelo Paradiso, Massimo Tommasino

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Human papillomavirus type 32 (HPV32) is one of the etiological agents of a benign oral condition, focal epithelial hyperplasia. However, the previously characterized properties of its E7 oncoprotein suggest a possible malignant nature for this virus. In this study we characterized the properties of HPV32 E6 and E7. Our data show that HPV32 E7, despite its high affinity for pRb, does not promote degradation of the cellular protein. In addition, HPV32 E6 does not prevent p53-mediated apoptosis and/or cell cycle arrest. Moreover, coexpression of HPV32 E6 and E7 in primary human fibroblasts or keratinocytes does not alter their proliferative state. Together, these data provide evidence of the benign nature of HPV32.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-164
Number of pages8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Cell cycle and apoptosis
  • E6 and E7
  • Focal epithelial hyperplasia
  • HPV32

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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