Detection of human papillomavirus (HPV) in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues may identify the cause of lesions and has value for the development of new diagnostic assays and epidemiologic studies. Seegene Anyplex II assays are widely used for HPV screening, but their performance using FFPE samples has not been fully explored.


To validate Anyplex II HPV HR Detection (Anyplex II, Seegene) using FFPE samples.


We used 248 stored DNA extracts from cervical cancer FFPE samples collected during 2005–2015 and that tested HPV positive using the RHA kit HPV SPF10-LiPA25, v1 (SPF10, Labo Biomedical Products) HPV genotyping assay, manufacturer-validated for FFPE samples.


Of the selected 248 samples, 243 were used in our analysis. Consistent with SPF10 genotyping results, Anyplex II detected all 12 oncogenic types and had an overall HPV detection rate of 86.4% (210 of 243 samples). Anyplex II and SPF10 showed very high agreement for the detection of the 2 most important oncogenic genotypes: HPV 16 (219 of 226; 96.9%; 95% CI, 93.7–98.75) and HPV 18 (221 of 226; 97.8%; 95% CI, 94.9–99.3).


Overall results showed that both platforms produced comparable HPV genotyping results, indicating the suitability of Anyplex II for FFPE samples. The Anyplex II assay has the added convenience of being an efficient, single-well semiquantitative polymerase chain reaction assay. Further optimization of Anyplex II may enhance its performance using FFPE samples by improving the detection limit.

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This work is supported by National Health and Medical Research Council Investigator Grant APP1197951 (Garland). The funders had no role in study design, data collection, analyses, and interpretation of data, writing of the report, or in the decision to submit the article for publication.

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