p16(INK) (4a) and Ki-67 expression in human papilloma virus-related head and neck mucosal lesions

GÜLTEKİN S. E. , Sengueven B., Klussmann J. P. , Dienes H. P.

INVESTIGACION CLINICA, vol.56, no.1, pp.47-59, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 56 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Title of Journal : INVESTIGACION CLINICA
  • Page Numbers: pp.47-59


Human papilloma virus (HPV) is postulated as a risk factor in the etiology of some specific mucosal pathologies in the head and neck regions. Despite the frequent use of p16(INK4a) as a surrogate marker for HPV-infection, there is still controversy with respect to its reliability. This study has been undertaken to assess the potential role of p16(INK) (4a) and Ki-67 expression in HPV-related lesions. The study was conducted on 71 specimens of oral, tonsillar and laryngeal lesions which comprised 25 dysplasia and 46 papilloma specimens. Specimens were immunohistochemically stained for p16(INK4A) and Ki-67 proteins. HPV DNA was determined by one step multiplex polymerase chain reaction. HPV DNA was detected in 33.8% of all lesions. Tonsil and larynx lesions showed significant differences with oral lesions for HPV positivity (p <0.001). p16(INK4a) over-expression was seen in 56.5% of papilloma and 60% of dysplasia specimens. HPV status showed a positive correlation with p16(INK) (4a) expression in tonsillar dysplasias (p < 0.001). p16(INK) (4a) expression may have a value as a marker in high risk HPV induced dysplasias, but not in low risk infected lesions. The proliferation index is not related to HPV-induced lesions and may be evaluated as an independent marker in head and neck premalignant lesions.