Detection of human papillomavirus (HPV) in genital warts and carcinomas by DNA in situ hybridization in Chinese patients

Cytopathology. 1990;1(2):97-103. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2303.1990.tb00334.x.


A series of 51 genital biopsies from normal epithelium, condylomata acuminata, leucoplakia and squamous cell carcinoma from Chinese male and female patients were analysed for the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV) types 6, 11, 16 and 18 by DNA in situ hybridization. All of the nine genital condyloma acuminata were positive for HPV DNA, in which HPV 6 was found in six cases, HPV 11 in two cases and HPV 18 in one case. Twelve out of the 21 cases (57.1% of the total) of cervical squamous cell carcinoma were shown to contain HPV DNA; HPV 16 was found in nine cases, HPV 18 in two cases and HPV 16/18 in one case. Present results support the earlier concept that HPV 6/11 are closely associated with benign genital lesions, and HPV 16/18 are mostly confined to higher grade of intra-epithelial neoplasias and carcinoma.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • China
  • Condylomata Acuminata / microbiology*
  • DNA, Viral / genetics
  • DNA, Viral / isolation & purification*
  • Female
  • Genital Neoplasms, Female / microbiology*
  • Genital Neoplasms, Male / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Papillomaviridae / isolation & purification*


  • DNA, Viral