Limited detection of human polyomaviruses in Fanconi anemia related squamous cell carcinoma

Tuna Toptan, Marion G. Brusadelli, Brian Turpin, David P. Witte, Jordi Surrallés, Eunike Velleuer, Martin Schramm, Ralf Dietrich, Ruud H. Brakenhoff, Patrick S. Moore, Yuan Chang, Susanne I. Wells

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© 2018 Toptan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Fanconi anemia is a rare genome instability disorder with extreme susceptibility to squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck and anogenital tract. In patients with this inherited disorder, the risk of head and neck cancer is 800-fold higher than in the general population, a finding which might suggest a viral etiology. Here, we analyzed the possible contribution of human polyomaviruses to FA-associated head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) by a pan-polyomavirus immunohistochemistry test which detects the T antigens of all known human polyomaviruses. We observed weak reactivity in 17% of the HNSCC samples suggesting that based on classical criteria, human polyomaviruses are not causally related to squamous cell carcinomas analyzed in this study.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0209235
JournalPloS one
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


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