Condylomata acuminata and Buschke-Löwenstein tumours were analysed for the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV) transcripts. HPV DNA and RNA sequences were present in all 13 samples investigated. Ten contained HPV6 and three harboured HPV11. The HPV genomes were found exclusively as extrachromosomal circular molecules. In six biopsy specimens, viral RNA transcripts were not detectable by Northern blot analysis but could be demonstrated in dot blots. From seven HPV6-containing samples it was possible to obtain sufficient amounts of undegraded mRNA. We have found consistently one major species (1.4 kb). Less prominent species of 1.7, 1.85, 2.7 and 3.2 kb, respectively, were also detected. The 3′ ends of the HPV6 mRNAs were located between nucleotides 3917 and 4441 in the putative early region and between nucleotides 7232 and 7696 in the putative late region. The arrangement of the 3′ termini and the adjacent coding areas within the HPV6 genome show that the RNA species are transcribed from one DNA strand.


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