Human papillomavirus type 77 E7 protein is a weak deregulator of cell cycle

Mariam Mansour, Majid Touka, Adriana Malena, Cesare Indiveri, Wen Dong, Ilaria Gionfriddo, Rosita Accardi, Angelo Paradiso, Bakary S. Sylla, Anne Sophie Gabet, Massimo Tommasino

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Human Papillomavirus type 77 is a skin type found in non-melanoma skin cancers of immuno-compromised individuals. Although, the HPV77 E6 oncoprotein has been well studied, nothing is known about E7. Studies on mucosal HPV types (e.g. HPV16) showed that E7 deregulates the cell cycle by binding to and promoting degradation of retinoblastoma protein (pRb). Here, we characterized the impact of HPV77 E7 on the cell cycle. We observed that HPV77 E7 associated with pRb with a lower affinity than HPV16 E7, promoting weakly its degradation. Although, HPV16 E7 led to cellular proliferation and accumulation of the cell cycle inhibitor p16 INK4a, both events were not clearly observed in HPV77 E7 cells. Together, these data indicate that HPV77 E7 does not efficiently deregulate the cell cycle, in contrast to several E7s of mucosal HPV types.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-281
Number of pages8
JournalCancer Letters
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 8 2007


  • Cell cycle
  • Cutaneous human papillomavirus type 77
  • E7 oncoprotein
  • Non-melanoma skin cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Molecular Biology
  • Oncology


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