Myc and human papillomavirus type 16 E7 genes cooperate to immortalize human keratinocytes.

Abstract

The E6 protein of the oncogenic human papillomaviruses (HPVs), in combination with the E7 protein, is essential for the efficient immortalization of human foreskin keratinocytes (HFKs). Since we recently demonstrated that E6 activates the human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) promoter via a Myc-dependent mechanism, we speculated that overexpressed… (More)

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