Incidence of low risk human papillomavirus in oral cancer: A real time PCR study on 278 patients

A. Palmieri, L. Scapoli, M. Martinelli, F. Pezzetti, A. Girardi, G. Spinelli, A. Lucchese, Francesco Carinci

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Squamous cell carcinoma is the most frequent malignant tumour of the oral cavity. It is widely known that tobacco and alcohol consumption are the major causes of the development of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). The human papilloma virus infection has also been postulated as a risk factor for squamous cell carcinoma, although conflicting results have been reported. The aim of this study is to evaluate the presence of high-risk and low-risk type human papillomavirus in a large sample of squamous cell carcinoma limited to the oral cavity by means of quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. Data were obtained from 278 squamous cell carcinoma limited to oral cavity proper. Sequencing revealed that 5 samples were positive for HPV type 16, 5 for HPV type 11, and 1 for HPV type 6. Human papillomavirus 11 was detected in 5 tumours out of the 278 examined. The prevalence rate for Human papillomavirus 11 was 1.8% (C.I. 0.7-3.9). The matched case-controls analysis indicated that the prevalence among controls did not significantly differ with respect to cases and that Human papillomavirus 11 alone did not correlate with squamous cell carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-87
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
Issue number2 SUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • HPV 11
  • HPV low-risk
  • Oral squamous cell carcinoma
  • Real time PCR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy


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