Biotinyl-tyramide-based in situ hybridization signal patterns distinguish human papillomavirus type and grade of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia

Mod Pathol. 2002 Dec;15(12):1339-47. doi: 10.1038/modpathol.3880698.


In this study, the prevalence of human papillomavirus integration in cervical intraepithelial neoplasia Grades I, II, and III has been investigated using a highly sensitive biotinyl-tyramide-based in situ hybridization methodology. This method is able to demonstrate integrated viral DNA by punctate signals within the nucleus and episomal viral DNA by a diffuse signal throughout the nucleus. Fifteen viral types were identified by General Primer 5+/6+ polymerase chain reaction assay among 26 Grade I and 22 Grade II/III lesions. High-risk human papillomavirus (Types 16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, and 66) was found in 20 (77%) Grade I and in 22 (100%) Grade II/III lesions (P =.025). Human papillomavirus Type 16 was identified in 2 (7%) Grade I and in 15 (68%) Grade II/III samples (P <.0001) and was distinguished from other high-risk types by its demonstration in both Grade I and Grade II/III lesions as frequent punctate signals, detectable at all levels of the epithelium including the basal layer. In contrast, punctate signals, when detected among Grade I lesions that were positive for other high-risk types, did not involve the basal layer and were restricted to occasional cells in the superficial layers. However, Grade II/III lesions positive for high-risk types other than human papillomavirus Type 16 demonstrated frequent punctate signals throughout the epithelium. Overall, punctate signals were detected in 22 (100%) high-risk human papillomavirus-positive Grade II/III lesions and in 5 (25%) high-risk positive Grade I lesions (P <.0001). These data are consistent with human papillomavirus Type 16 possessing a high potential for integration, which may explain its frequent association with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia Grade III and carcinomas. Acquisition of the punctate correlate, especially in the basal layer, is also indicated as important in the development of Grade II/III lesions. The data illustrate the unique potential of biotinyl-tyramide-based in situ hybridization to address key issues concerning the biology of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biotin / chemistry
  • Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia / pathology*
  • Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia / virology
  • DNA, Viral / genetics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • In Situ Hybridization / methods*
  • Papillomaviridae / classification
  • Papillomaviridae / genetics*
  • Papillomavirus Infections / pathology
  • Papillomavirus Infections / virology
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured
  • Tumor Virus Infections / pathology
  • Tumor Virus Infections / virology
  • Tyramine / chemistry
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / virology


  • DNA, Viral
  • Biotin
  • Tyramine