Human papillomavirus associated with adenocarcinoma and adenosquamous carcinoma of the cervix: analysis by in situ hybridization

Gynecol Oncol. 1989 Dec;35(3):345-8. doi: 10.1016/0090-8258(89)90076-0.


The incidence of adenocarcinoma of the cervix appears to be increasing. Recent reports have demonstrated an association between adenocarcinoma of the cervix and human papillomavirus (HPV) by Southern blot hybridizations. In situ deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) hybridization was performed on paraffin-embedded specimens to localize the source of HPV DNA. In pure adenocarcinoma five of six specimens were positive for HPV DNA. Four specimens contained HPV type 18 and one HPV type 16. Only one of three adenosquamous lesions was positive and it contained both HPV types 16 and 31. These findings suggest an association between HPV and adenocarcinoma of the cervix.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / analysis
  • Adenocarcinoma / microbiology*
  • Adenocarcinoma / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / analysis
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / microbiology*
  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell / pathology
  • Cervix Uteri / microbiology
  • DNA Probes, HPV / analysis
  • DNA, Viral / analysis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Papillomaviridae / genetics
  • Papillomaviridae / isolation & purification*
  • Papillomaviridae / physiology
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / analysis
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / microbiology*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / pathology


  • DNA Probes, HPV
  • DNA, Viral