Systematic name M13736
Brief description Up-regulated genes in head and neck cancer compared to cervical carcinoma samples.
Full description or abstract Human papillomaviruses (HPV) are associated with nearly all cervical cancers, 20% to 30% of head and neck cancers (HNC), and other cancers. Because HNCs also arise in HPV-negative patients, this type of cancer provides unique opportunities to define similarities and differences of HPV-positive versus HPV-negative cancers arising in the same tissue. Here, we describe genome-wide expression profiling of 84 HNCs, cervical cancers, and site-matched normal epithelial samples in which we used laser capture microdissection to enrich samples for tumor-derived versus normal epithelial cells. This analysis revealed that HPV(+) HNCs and cervical cancers differed in their patterns of gene expression yet shared many changes compared with HPV(-) HNCs. Some of these shared changes were predicted, but many others were not. Notably, HPV(+) HNCs and cervical cancers were found to be up-regulated in their expression of a distinct and larger subset of cell cycle genes than that observed in HPV(-) HNC. Moreover, HPV(+) cancers overexpressed testis-specific genes that are normally expressed only in meiotic cells. Many, although not all, of the hallmark differences between HPV(+) HNC and HPV(-) HNC were a direct consequence of HPV and in particular the viral E6 and E7 oncogenes. This included a novel association of HPV oncogenes with testis-specific gene expression. These findings in primary human tumors provide novel biomarkers for early detection of HPV(+) and HPV(-) cancers, and emphasize the potential value of targeting E6 and E7 function, alone or combined with radiation and/or traditional chemotherapy, in the treatment of HPV(+) cancers.
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      CGP: Chemical and Genetic Perturbations
Source publication Pubmed 17510386   Authors: Pyeon D,Newton MA,Lambert PF,den Boon JA,Sengupta S,Marsit CJ,Woodworth CD,Connor JP,Haugen TH,Smith EM,Kelsey KT,Turek LP,Ahlquist P
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