Biology of HPV Mini Course


Biology of HPV Overview

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Target Audience

The idea student is a 4th year enrolled at a local college. Students should have completed a course in immunology and cell biology prior to beginning this course.

Course Goal

At the completion of this course, you should understand the fundamentals behind the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) genetic makeup, infection, life cycle and oncoprotein function and transformation of human cells.

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, while using a word processing document or computer exam software, you will:

  1. Define the general composition attributes of HPV as it pertains to DNA structure, size, weight and shape
  2. List the 3 different coding regions of HPV DNA and describe the how they differ by identifying the viral proteins that each produces and when during the viral life cycle
  3. List the 2 major oncoproteins and define/explain their functions/interactions as they relate to the disruption of the cell cycle and the cell cycle products


A young woman, age 20, notices that she commonly has bleeding after sex with her boyfriend. She discovers that she has a raised area on her labia and seeks medical advice from a local Gynecologist. The woman has a Pap test performed and a small biopsy of the raised area on her labia. As she awaits her results, she seeks out information on the internet that fits her symptoms.

Driving Question

What information can you as a student assemble in order to answer her question?

Mini Course Components

HPV Quiz of Background Knowledge

HPV Unit 1

HPV Unit 2

HPV Unit 3

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