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Keywords:

  • longitudinal study;
  • human leukocyte antigen class II;
  • human papillomavirus type 18;
  • persistent infection;
  • high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions;
  • cervical neoplasia

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Only a small proportion of women infected with human papillomavirus type 18 (HPV18) may progress to persistent infection and cervical neoplasia. This community-based cohort study aimed to assess associations with human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II genotypes for natural infection of HPV18 and subsequent risk of cervical neoplasia.

METHODS:

Among 10,190 cytologically normal participants, 125 with HPV18 infection were identified by HPV blot kit. HPV18 viral load at study entry was examined by real-time polymerase chain reaction; persistent infection was defined as HPV18 infection at 2 consecutive examinations.

RESULTS:

There was a significant association between HLA-DRB1*0403 allele and high HPV18 viral load (>1000 copies in 50 ng of total DNA) at study entry (odds ratio [OR], 7.2; 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.0-25.2). After adjustment for age and viral load at study entry, haplotype HLA-DRB1*0405-DQA1*0301-DQB1*0302 was significantly associated with persistent HPV18 infection (OR, 13.3; 95% CI, 1.7-105.9). HLA-DRB1*0403 allele was also associated with a significantly increased risk of high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion or cancer, showing a multivariate-adjusted hazard ratio (95% CI) of 18.1 (2.6-128.5).

CONCLUSIONS:

HLA-DRB1*0403 allele and HLA-DRB1*0405-DQA1*0301-DQB1*0302 haplotype may play important roles in determination of high viral load and persistent infection of HPV18 and subsequent cervical neoplasia risk. Cancer 2012;. © 2011 American Cancer Society.