E7 proteins from oncogenic human papillomavirus types transactivate p73: role in cervical intraepithelial neoplasia

Br J Cancer. 2002 Jan 21;86(2):263-8. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6600033.


In common with other E2F1 responsive genes such as p14(ARF) and B-myb, the promoter of p73 is shown to be positively regulated in cell lines and primary human keratinocytes by E7 proteins from oncogenic human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16, 18, 31 and 33, but not HPV 6. Mutational analysis revealed that transactivation of the p73 promoter by HPV 16E7 requires association with pRb. Expression of p73 in normal cervical epithelium is confined to the basal and supra-basal layers. In contrast, expression in neoplastic lesions is detected throughout the epithelium and increases with grade of neoplasia, being maximal in squamous cell cancers (SCC). Deregulation of expression of the N-terminal splice variant p73Delta2 was observed in a significant proportion of cancers, but not in normal epithelium. The frequent over-expression of p73Delta2, which has recognized transdominant properties, in malignant and pre-malignant lesions suggests a role in the oncogenic process in cervical epithelium.

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / genetics*
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / virology*
  • Cell Transformation, Neoplastic*
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / biosynthesis*
  • Epithelium
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic*
  • Genes, Tumor Suppressor
  • Humans
  • Keratinocytes
  • Nuclear Proteins / biosynthesis*
  • Oncogene Proteins, Viral / genetics*
  • Oncogene Proteins, Viral / pharmacology*
  • Papillomaviridae / genetics*
  • Papillomavirus Infections / complications*
  • Transcriptional Activation
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured
  • Tumor Protein p73
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins
  • Tumor Virus Infections / complications*
  • Uterine Cervical Dysplasia / genetics*
  • Uterine Cervical Dysplasia / pathology
  • Uterine Cervical Dysplasia / virology*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / pathology
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / virology*


  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • E6 protein, Human papillomavirus type 6
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Oncogene Proteins, Viral
  • TP73 protein, human
  • Tumor Protein p73
  • Tumor Suppressor Proteins