Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the major cause of cervical cancer worldwide. HPV-E6 protein targets the p53 tumor suppressor protein for degradation by ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis making such cancers resistant to p53-gene therapy. Here we show that infection of human cancer cells by E6-expressing adenovirus (Ad-E6) leads to degradation of both wild-type or mutant p53 protein. Interestingly, the p53-homologue candidate tumor suppressor p73 is not degraded in Ad-E6 infected cancer cells. Wild-type p73ß and not wild-type p53 or mutant p73 is a potent inhibitor of cancer colony growth and inducer of apoptosis, despite HPV-E6 overexpression. The results suggest a novel strategy using p73ß in gene therapy of HPV-E6 expressing cancers.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||International Journal of Oncology|
|Publication status||Published - 07-1998|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research