Methylation Levels of CADM1, MAL, and MIR124-2 in Cervical Scrapes for Triage of HIV-Infected, High-Risk HPV-Positive Women in Kenya.
Internal Medicine (East Africa)
Objectives: To evaluate the value of cervical cell methylation markers in screening HIV-infected women also positive for high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV).
Design: Cross-sectional and prospective.
Methods: Two hundred forty-eight HIV-infected hrHPV-positive women enrolled in a cervical cancer screening study in Nairobi, Kenya, had colposcopy-directed biopsy and histological diagnoses. Exfoliated cervical cells were used to measure methylation levels of the CADM1, MAL, and MIR124-2 genes using quantitative methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction. Methylation levels were summarized as cycle threshold (Ct) ratios compared with the β-actin gene. Median Ct ratios were compared across histological diagnoses, with 95% confidence intervals calculated by bootstrapping. Methylation levels at 6 months were assessed in 128 women who remained hrHPV positive.
Results: All 3 methylation markers showed significantly (P < 0.001) raised median Ct ratios in women with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) grade 3 compared with women with a normal cervix. When markers were combined into a single test, the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for prediction of CIN2 or worse (CIN2+) was 0.80. When the test was calibrated to have similar specificity, sensitivity of the combined tri-marker test for CIN2+ was comparable with cytology [atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance or worse] (89% and 95%, respectively) and superior to visual inspection with acetic acid (85% vs 70%) and HPV16/18 genotyping (65% vs 40%). Among women with no CIN2+ at baseline and persistent hrHPV at 6-month follow-up, MAL-m1 and MIR124-2 Ct ratios increased significantly.
Conclusions: Methylation markers in combination with HPV testing may offer a full molecular screening strategy to the many HIV-infected women who are also hrHPV positive.
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Mugo, N. R.,
Sakr, S. R.,
Meijer, C. J.,
Heideman, D. A.,
Snijders, P. J.,
Hesselink, A. T.,
(2015). Methylation Levels of CADM1, MAL, and MIR124-2 in Cervical Scrapes for Triage of HIV-Infected, High-Risk HPV-Positive Women in Kenya.. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 70(3), 311-318.
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