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Clin Lab. 2013;59(9-10):1009-15.

Analysis of microRNA expression profiles in human hepatitis B virus-related hepatocellular carcinoma.

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  • 1Third Central Clinical College of Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin 300170, China.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Increasing evidence has shown that the deregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) is closely related to the development and progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). To screen for HCC-specific miRNAs, this study investigated the differentially expressed miRNAs between HCC and matched non-tumorous tissue (NT).

METHODS:

This study analyzed the differential expression profiles of miRNAs in 11 pairs of HCC and matched NT from 11 hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection patients with the RT2 miRNA PCR array containing 88 human cancer-related miRNAs. The fold change value was more than two between the HCC and the matched NT, which indicated that there was deregulation of miRNAs. The down-regulated let-7a was validated in another sample set of 34 tissues with the TaqMan RT-qPCR method.

RESULTS:

Compared with the matched NT tissues, 9 miRNAs were up-regulated in the HCC tissues, and three were considered statistically significant (p < 0.05): miR-96, miR-183, and miR-196a, which were up-regulated 4.746-, 7.127-, and 3.498-fold, respectively. Simultaneously, 9 miRNAs were down-regulated in the HCC tissues, and two were considered statistically significant: let-7c and miR-138, which were down-regulated 3.945- and 4.790-fold, respectively. The expression levels of let-7a were 1.071 +/- 0.401, 0.926 +/- 0.477, 0.881 +/- 1.214, and 0.535 +/- 0.719 in the healthy group, chronic hepatitis B(CHB) group, NT group, and HCC group, respectively (p > 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

This study demonstrates that 18 miRNAs were deregulated in the HCC and matched NT tissues. The deregulated miRNAs suggest that further analyses with larger miRNA samples as a diagnostic marker are warranted.

PMID:
24273923
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