Correlation of TGF beta 1 overexpression with down-regulation of proliferation-inducing molecules in HPV-11 transformed human tissue xenografts

Anticancer Res. Nov-Dec 1999;19(6B):4969-76.


The epidemiologic association of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection with dysplasia and cervical cancer is well established. Transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF beta 1) has regulatory effects on a broad spectrum of cell types and is a growth inhibitory protein for epithelial cells. To examine the phenotype of experimentally generated, HPV-11 transformed human tissues, we looked at expression of TGF beta 1 and a number of proliferation-enhancing molecules which are known to be regulated by TGF beta 1, including bcl-2, c-myc, c-Ha-ras, c-jun and NFkB. HPV-11 transformed xenografts showed up-regulation of TGF beta 1 expression and down-regulation of the expression levels of bcl-2, c-myc, c-Ha-ras, c-jun and NFkB. These results suggest that TGF beta 1 may exert antiproliferative effects on HPV-11 transformed papillomas by down-regulating different proliferation-enhancing molecules.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Cell Division / physiology*
  • Cell Transformation, Viral*
  • DNA Primers
  • Down-Regulation*
  • Humans
  • NF-kappa B / genetics
  • NF-kappa B / metabolism
  • Papillomaviridae / physiology*
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Transforming Growth Factor beta / physiology*
  • Up-Regulation


  • DNA Primers
  • NF-kappa B
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Transforming Growth Factor beta