Journal article

Papillomavirus E2 protein induces expression of the matrix metalloproteinase-9 via the extracellular signal-regulated kinase/activator protein-1 signaling pathway.

Andreas Behren, Christian Simon, Roxana Michaela Schwab, Ekaterina Loetzsch, Stephan Brodbeck, Evamaria Huber, Frank Stubenrauch, Hans Peter Zenner, Thomas Iftner

Cancer Res | Published : 2005

Abstract

Papillomaviruses are involved in the development of cancers of the female cervix, head and neck, and skin. An excellent model to study papillomavirus-induced tumor induction and progression is the New Zealand White rabbit, where the skin is infected with the cottontail rabbit papillomavirus (CRPV). This leads to the formation of benign tumors that progress into invasive and metastasizing carcinomas without the need for cofactors. We have shown previously that specific mutations in the transactivation domain of the transcription/replication factor E2 cause a dramatic loss in the tumor induction efficiency of the viral genome and a major deficiency in tumor progression as we show now. By compa..

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