Differences in the mutation of the p53 gene in exons 6 and 7 in cervical samples from HIV- and HPV-infected women

Raquel P. Souza, Fabrícia Gimenes, André L.P. De Abreu, Sheila C. Rocha-Brischiliari, Maria D.B. De Carvalho, Érika C. Ferreira, Marcelo G. Bonini, Sandra M. Pelloso, Marcia E.L. Consolaro*

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Background: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection is a serious problem for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected women, increases their risk of cervical lesions and cancer. In cervical carcinogenesis, mutations in the p53 gene occur most frequently within exons 5-8. To our knowledge, no previous studies have analyzed mutations in exons 5-8 of the p53 gene in HIV- and HPV-infected women. In our study, we verified these mutations in women with and without cervical abnormalities. Findings. The study included 160 women, divided into three groups: (1) 83 HPV- and HIV-infected women (HIV group); (2) 37 HPV-infected/HIV-uninfected (control group); and (3) 40 normal cytology/DNA-HPV negative/HIV-uninfected women (negative control p53 reactions). HPV-DNA was detected using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and genotyping by PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis. Using primers for exons 5-8, the mutation of the p53 gene was verified by PCR-single strand conformational polymorphism. The total mutation of the p53 gene in exons 5-8 was not significantly associated with the HIV and control groups. The mutations in exon 7 were the highest in the HIV group (43.8%) and in exon 6 in the control group (57.2%) (p = 0.0793) suggesting a tendency toward differential mutation in exon 7 in the HIV group. Conclusions: Our study provides preliminary evidence that the mutation in exon 7 might be an important differentiating factor for cervical carcinogenesis in HIV-infected women. This aspect deserves an additional cross-sectional and longitudinal study using a larger sample size with a higher number of High-grade squamous intraephitelial lesion (HSIL) to observe the evolution of cervical lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number38
JournalInfectious Agents and Cancer
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Cervical lesions
  • Exons 5-8
  • HIV
  • HPV
  • Mutations
  • p53 gene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research
  • Epidemiology


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