Methylation analysis in urine fractions for optimal CIN3 and cervical cancer detection

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INTRODUCTION: Urine sampling is an interesting solution for CIN3 and cervical cancer detection. Urine can be separated in different fractions: full void urine, urine sediment and urine supernatant. We aimed to determine which urine fraction is most competent for CIN3 and cervical cancer detection by methylation analysis.

METHODS: Urine samples (27 controls, 30 CIN3 and 17 cervical cancer) were processed into 3 fractions and tested for 5 methylation markers (ASCL1, GHSR, LHX8, SST, ZIC1). We determined Spearman correlation coefficients between fractions, compared methylation levels and calculated AUCs for CIN3 and cancer detection.

RESULTS: In general strong correlations (r > 0.60) were found between urine fractions. Methylation levels increased significantly with severity of underlying disease in all urine fractions. CIN3 and controls differed significantly for 2 markers in full void urine, 4 markers in urine sediment and 1 marker in urine supernatant, with AUCs of 0.55-0.79. Comparison of cancer to controls was highly significant for all markers in all fractions, yielding AUCs of 0.87-0.99.

CONCLUSION: Methylation analysis performs excellent in all urine fractions for cervical cancer detection. Our results indicate the potential of CIN3 detection by urinary methylation analysis, and demonstrate that urine sediment performs best to detect CIN3.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100193
Pages (from-to)100193
JournalPapillomavirus research
Early online date11 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • Cervical cancer
  • Cervical intraepithelial neoplasia
  • Comparative analysis
  • DNA Methylation
  • Urine

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