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      Urinary human polyomavirus and papillomavirus infection and bladder cancer risk

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          The association of transitional cell carcinomas of the bladder (TCB) with Schistosoma haematobium suggested a possible role of infections in the aetiology of TCB.


          In all, 114 TCB cases and 140 hospital controls from Pordenone Province were enrolled within an Italian multi-centric case–control study. Urine samples were screened for DNA from five human polyomaviruses (HPyV) (JCV, BKV, MCV, WUV, and KIV); SV40; and 22 mucosal human papillomaviruses (HPV) using highly sensitive PCR assays. Odds ratios (ORs) and corresponding confidence intervals (CIs) were computed for risk of TCB by HPyV- or HPV-positivity using unconditional logistic regression.


          Human polyomavirus prevalence was similar in TCB cases (71.7%) and controls (77.7%) (OR for TCB=0.85; 95% CI: 0.45–1.61). JCV was the most frequently detected HPyV type. No individual HPyV showed a significant association. Among cases, HPyV-positivity was not associated with tumour characteristics, but it was significantly lower in women than men and among current and former smokers than never smokers. Human papillomavirus was detected in seven cases and five controls (OR=1.52; 95% CI: 0.42–5.45).


          The present small study does not support an involvement of HPyV or HPV infection in TCB aetiology in immunocompetent individuals. Differences in HPyV-positivity by sex and smoking may derive from differences in either acquisition or persistence of the infection.

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                Br J Cancer
                British Journal of Cancer
                Nature Publishing Group
                03 January 2012
                24 November 2011
                : 106
                : 1
                : 222-226
                [1 ]Unit of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, IRCCS Centro di Riferimento Oncologico , 33081 Aviano (PN), Italy
                [2 ]International Agency for Research on Cancer , 150 Cours Albert Thomas, 69372 Lyon Cedex 08, France
                [3 ]Unit of Urology, Azienda Ospedaliera Santa Maria degli Angeli , 33170 Pordenone (PN), Italy
                [4 ]Department of Epidemiology, The Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research , 20156 Milan, Italy
                [5 ]Department of Occupational Medicine, Università degli Studi di Milano , 20133 Milan, Italy
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                Copyright © 2012 Cancer Research UK

                Oncology & Radiotherapy

                human polyomavirus, bladder cancer, human papillomavirus


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