HPV16-E6/E7 Oncogene Mutation and p53 Expression among Indonesian Women with Cervical Cancer

Document Type : Research Articles


1 Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Faculty of Medicine Udayana University/Prof. Dr. I.G.N.G Ngoerah General Hospital, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.

2 Department of Clinical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine Udayana University, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.


Objective: To characterize HPV16 E6/E7 mutation and its association with p53 expression among Indonesian women with cervical cancer. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study involving 31 Indonesian women with pathologically proven cervical cancer and HPV16 infection. Data about the clinical characteristics of the study population were obtained from the medical records. Biopsy specimen of the cervical cancer mass from each study participant was obtained for DNA isolation. The ORFs of E6 and E7 genes were amplified using specific primer designed according to K02718/HPV16R gene sequence obtained from GenBank. Sequencing was performed using software program MEGA10. HPV16 E6 and E7 prototype sequences for nucleotide alignment (HPv16. P, GenBank Access code: NC_001526) was selected from European variant. The sequence of nucleotide and amino acid was aligned using software program BioEdit. p53 expression was evaluated through immunohistochemistry and quantified using immunoreactivity score (IRS). Results: Twelve subjects (38.7%) present with E6 and E7 mutation. Median age, parity, stage and histologic type of the tumour did not associate with E6/E7 mutation. E6 and E7 mutation rate was 25.8% (8/31) and 12.9% (4/31), respectively. Seven single nucleotide changes were identified within the E6 and E7 oncogenes, including four non-synonymous and three synonymous mutations. E6 T27C was the most prevalent mutation (16.1%). Nonsynonymous mutations were more prevalent within E7 gene (9.6%) (N29T, N29S, and R77C). Median IRS did not differ between HPV16-E6/E7 variants and wildtype (p value = 0.990). There was no association between E6/E7 mutations and p53 expression in Indonesian women with cervical cancer (PR 1.4, 95% CI: 0.29-6.77, p value = 0.704). Conclusions: HPV16 E6 mutation was more prevalent than E7 mutation among Indonesian women. There was no association between E6/E7 mutation and p53 expression level.


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Volume 23, Issue 8
August 2022
Pages 2705-2711
  • Receive Date: 16 February 2022
  • Revise Date: 28 May 2022
  • Accept Date: 14 August 2022
  • First Publish Date: 14 August 2022