Human papillomavirus type 197 is commonly present in skin tumors

Int J Cancer. 2015 Jun 1;136(11):2546-55. doi: 10.1002/ijc.29325. Epub 2014 Nov 25.


Non-melanoma skin cancers commonly contain Human Papillomavirus (HPV), but the types found have varied depending on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) primer systems used. Whole genome amplified DNA (not amplified by any specific PCR primers) from 91 skin lesions [41 squamous cell skin carcinomas (SCCs), 8 keratoacanthomas, 22 actinic keratoses, 3 basal cell carcinomas and 17 SCCs in situ] were sequenced. All samples were sequenced both at 160 Mb and 1.8 Gb sequencing depth per sample. The sequences from 10 different HPVs in 47/91 specimens were found. Sequences represented four established HPV types (HPV types 16, 22, 120, 124), two previously known putative types (present in GenBank) and four previously unknown HPV sequences (new putative types). The most commonly detected virus was cloned, sequenced and designated as HPV197. Type-specific real-time PCR detected HPV197 in 34/91 specimens. For comparison, a pool of the same samples after general primer PCR amplification was also sequenced. This revealed 40 different HPVs, but only two HPV types were detected both with sequencing without prior PCR and with sequencing PCR amplicons, suggesting that sequencing without prior PCR gives a more unbiased representation of the HPVs present. In summary, it was found that HPV can be sequenced from most skin disease specimens and HPV197 appeared to be the most commonly present virus.

Keywords: HPV197; cutaneous lesions; human papillomavirus; metagenomic sequencing; novel types.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / genetics
  • Carcinoma, Basal Cell / virology
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / genetics
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / virology
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA, Viral / genetics
  • Humans
  • Keratoacanthoma / genetics
  • Keratoacanthoma / virology
  • Keratosis, Actinic / genetics
  • Keratosis, Actinic / virology
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Papillomaviridae / classification*
  • Papillomaviridae / genetics
  • Papillomaviridae / isolation & purification*
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Skin Neoplasms / genetics
  • Skin Neoplasms / pathology
  • Skin Neoplasms / virology*


  • DNA, Viral

Associated data

  • GENBANK/KM206712
  • GENBANK/KM206714
  • GENBANK/KM206715
  • GENBANK/KM206716
  • GENBANK/KM206717
  • GENBANK/KM206718