Research Article

Presence of human papillomavirus DNA sequences in cervical intraepithelial neoplasia.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 287 doi: (Published 17 September 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;287:784
  1. D J McCance,
  2. P G Walker,
  3. J L Dyson,
  4. D V Coleman,
  5. A Singer


    Twenty two patients referred to a district colposcopy clinic because of an abnormal cervical cytology report or a suspicious cervix and found to have a cervical epithelial abnormality were studied. The techniques of cytology, histology, immunohistochemistry, and DNA-DNA hybridisation were used to detect infection by human papillomavirus. Using an indirect immunoalkaline phosphatase technique human papillomavirus antigen was found in biopsy specimens from six of the 22 patients and DNA of papillomavirus type 6 in biopsy specimens from 13 of these women, including four out of six whose histological diagnosis was cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 3. In eight cases where cytological, colposcopical, and histological investigations all indicated the presence of wart virus infection, papillomavirus type 6 DNA was found in seven. Papillomavirus type 6 DNA was found in more than half of the proved cases of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia. The presence of this viral DNA in women with no cervical abnormality is to be studied.