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Leuk Res. 2013 Jul;37(7):765-8. doi: 10.1016/j.leukres.2013.03.014. Epub 2013 Apr 11.

Overexpression of miR-378 is frequent and may affect treatment outcomes in patients with acute myeloid leukemia.

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Department of Hematology, Affiliated People's Hospital of Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, People's Republic of China.


MicroRNA miR-378 plays important roles in tumorigenesis by enhancing cell survival, reducing apoptosis, promoting tumor growth, angiogenesis and promoting cell migration and invasion. Abnormal expression of miR-378 has been observed in various types of cancers. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression status of miR-378 and its clinical significance in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) using real-time quantitative PCR. miR-378 overexpression was identified in 26 of 84 (31%) AML patients. The patients with miR-378 overexpression had lower hemoglobin level than those without miR-378 overexpression (66 versus 78 g/L, respectively, P=0.010). The frequency of miR-378 overexpression in FAB-M2 subtype was higher than other subtypes (44% versus 20%, P=0.032). Moreover, the frequency of miR-378 overexpression was higher in patients with t(8;21) than in others (64% versus 24%, P=0.012). The status of miR-378 expression was not correlated with the mutations of eight genes (FLT3-ITD, NPM1, C-KIT, IDH1/IDH2, DNMT3A, C/EBPA and U2AF1). The difference in relapse-free survival was observed between patients with and without miR-378 overexpression (P=0.049). These findings suggest that miR-378 up-regulation is a common event and might have an adverse impact on prognosis in AML.

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