Detection of human papillomavirus DNA, p53 and ki67 expression in penile carcinomas

Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol. 2006 Jan-Mar;19(1):209-15.


Our study is aimed at evaluating the presence of p53 and Ki67 expression by immunohistochemistry in a series of 11 paraffin-embedded penile carcinomas. We also investigated the presence of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) DNA in these tumours and performed an accurate typing by DNA sequencing on positive samples. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) was performed with the anti-p53 and Ki67 mouse monoclonal antibodies. DNA extracted from small sections of each specimen was submitted to amplification with HPV specific general primers; PCR products of the proper length were purified and sequenced. IHC demonstrated nuclear accumulation of mutated p53 and Ki 67 expression in 10/11 tumour samples (90.9%). The prevalence of HPV DNA was 72.7%; the most prevalent type was HPV16. Sequencing analysis revealed the presence of HPV53 (12.5%), HPV18 (25%) and HPV16 (62.5%). Out of the p53 or Ki67 positive carcinomas the percentage of HPV positives was 80% and 70% respectively. Our results indicate that penile carcinoma is frequently associated to high risk HPV and with diffuse p53 and Ki67 expression.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • DNA, Viral / analysis
  • DNA, Viral / biosynthesis*
  • DNA, Viral / genetics
  • Genotype
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Ki-67 Antigen / analysis
  • Ki-67 Antigen / biosynthesis*
  • Lymph Node Excision
  • Male
  • Papillomaviridae / genetics
  • Papillomaviridae / metabolism*
  • Paraffin Embedding
  • Penile Neoplasms / chemistry
  • Penile Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Penile Neoplasms / surgery
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / analysis
  • Tumor Suppressor Protein p53 / biosynthesis*


  • DNA, Viral
  • Ki-67 Antigen
  • Tumor Suppressor Protein p53