Accumulation of genetic alterations in a human hepatoma cell line transfected with hepatitis B virus

Mutat Res. 1997 Jul 3;377(2):187-98. doi: 10.1016/s0027-5107(97)00068-7.


Chromosome and molecular analyses of the hepatitis B virus (HBV)-transfected HepG2T14.1 variant of the HepG2 cell line was conducted. In HepG2T14.1 cells several genetic alterations such as de novo aberrations of chromosomes 9, 14, 15, and 20 were identified that are not present in the parental HepG2 cell line. Furthermore, HepG2T14.1 cells showed loss of heterozygosity (LOH) in the q region of chromosome 14. The single HBV integration site in HepG2T14.1 cells mapped to the 2q35-36 region of one copy of chromosome 2 by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). No genetic changes were identified at or near the HBV integration site at the level of these analyses. In addition, growth rates in vivo and in vitro were dramatically accelerated in HepG2T14.1 cells. These results document that a HBV-transfected hepatoma cell line has de novo genetic mutations at several sites of the host genome, one HBV integration site in an non-rearranged chromosome and an altered phenotype. These findings support our hypothesis that HBV might play a role in cellular transformation by interfering with cellular processes responsible for the stability of the genome.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Carcinogenicity Tests
  • Carcinoma, Hepatocellular / genetics*
  • Carcinoma, Hepatocellular / virology*
  • Cell Division / genetics
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Line, Transformed
  • Chromosome Aberrations
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • DNA Transposable Elements
  • Hepatitis B / genetics*
  • Humans
  • In Situ Hybridization, Fluorescence
  • Karyotyping
  • Mice
  • Mice, Nude
  • Microsatellite Repeats
  • Transfection


  • DNA Transposable Elements