Human papillomavirus genotyping after denaturation of specimens for Hybrid Capture 2 testing: Feasibility study for the HPV persistence and progression cohort

Brandon J. LaMere, Janet Kornegay, Barbara Fetterman, Mark Sadorra, Jen Shieh, Philip E. Castle

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) genotyping could be clinically useful, depending on the results of large, prospective studies like the HPV persistence and progression (PaP) cohort. The cohort is based on genotyping and follow-up of Hybrid Capture-positive women at Kaiser Permanente, Northern California. HPV DNA testing by Hybrid Capture 2 requires denaturation with alkali, possibly damaging the DNA for optimal PCR-based genotyping. A feasibility study was conducted on paired aliquots of anonymized specimens from 100 women with low-grade intraepithelial lesion cytology. Test aliquots were left in denaturant for 10 or 18 h at 4 °C and then neutralized; comparison aliquots were not denatured but diluted to match the timing, temperature, concentration and salt conditions of the treated specimens. The masked aliquots were tested using a commercialized PCR-based assay that detects of 37 HPV genotypes. There was no overall effect of treatment on test positivity or number of types. HPV16 was marginally more likely to be detected in untreated versus treated aliquots (P = 0.09) but HPV45 was marginally more likely to be detected in treated than untreated aliquots (P = 0.07), suggesting that these differences represented chance (intra-test variability). It can be concluded that residual Hybrid Capture-positive specimens can be genotyped by PCR after Hybrid Capture 2 processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-85
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Virological Methods
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Externally publishedYes



  • Cervical cancer
  • Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 3 (CIN3)
  • Cervical precancer
  • HPV genotypes
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • PCR
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology

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