[en] We have proposed that chronic infection of keratinocytes by HPV modifies the expression of potentially important cytokines by interfering with the NF-kappaB signal pathway We evaluated the constitutive and IL-1beta-induced expression of GM-CSF and TNF-alpha and the expression/activity of NF-kappaB in HPV+ and HPV- cell lines. Despite the enhanced expression of the functional components of the NF-kappaB signaling pathway in HPV+ cell lines by a mechanism implicating the HPV oncoprotein E6, the constitutive activity of NF-kappaB and the expression of GM-CSF/TNF-alpha were significantly reduced relative to the HPV- cell line and normal keratinocytes. In contrast, we observed a superactivation of NF-kappaB activity after IL-1beta stimulation, a strong and transient induction of GM-CSF/TNF-alpha mRNA, but undetectable levels of secreted proteins in HPV+ cell lines. Our data demonstrate that E6 modulates the NF-kappaB signaling pathway and suggest that other HPV proteins also interfere with GM-CSF/TNF-alpha expression by transcriptional and/or posttranscriptional mechanisms. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science (USA).