HPV8 activates cellular gene expression mainly through Sp1/3 binding sites.

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The human papillomavirus type 8 (HPV8) is associated with skin cancer development. The goal of this study was to investigate the effects of HPV8 oncoproteins on cellular gene expression and the identification of key regulators. We performed affymetrix microarray analyses to identify differentially expressed genes and common sequence motifs and identified Sp1/3 binding sites as being crucial. In transient transfection assays, we confirmed that HPV8-E7 stimulates the activity of Sp1/3 promoters. Interestingly, the HPV8-E7 mutant, which cannot trigger keratinocyte invasion was unable to activate fibronectin gene expression. In skin models or HPV8 positive skin cancers we found a peculiar deposition of fibronectin in the dermal compartment, and a correlation of Sp3 and fibronectin in the nucleus of HPV8-positive keratinocytes. Taken together, we identified that HPV8-E7 exerts control over cellular gene expression through Sp1/3 binding motifs, which may contribute to HPV8-mediated keratinocyte transformation and subsequent fibronectin-dependent invasion.


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Name: Virology
ISSN: 1096-0341
Pages: 136-143


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