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Chronic infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) is associated with an increased risk for the development of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Although clonal HBV DNA integrations are detected in nearly all HCCs the role of these integrations in hepatocarcinogenesis is poorly understood. We have used a cloning protocol that allows studying the frequency and the natural history of HBV DNA integrations in cell culture. Southern blot analysis of the genomic DNA of HepG2 2.2.15 subclones, which replicate HBV, enabled us to detect new HBV DNA integrations in approximately 10% of the HepG 2.2.15 subclones over 4 rounds of sequential subcloning, whereas no loss of any preexisting HBV DNA integrations was observed. Treatments of HepG2 cells with H2O2, designed to increase DNA damage, increased the frequency of HBV integrations to approximately 50% of the subclones and treatments designed to inhibit DNA repair, by inhibiting Poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation, also increased the frequency of HBV integration to 50%. These findings suggest that DNA strand breaks induced by oxidative stress during persistent HBV infection in humans may increase HBV DNA integration events, whereas PARP-1 activity may function to limit the occurrence of de novo HBV DNA integrations.
Author(s): Dandri M, Burda MR, Burkle A, Zuckerman DM, Will H, Rogler CE, Greten H, Petersen J
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
ISSN (print): 0270-9139
ISSN (electronic): 1527-3350
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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