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Expression of the miR-148/152 Family in Acute Myeloid Leukemia and its Clinical Significance

Xiao-Xue Wang, Rui Zhang, Yan Li

Department of Hematology, The First Hospital, China Medical University, Shenyang, Liaoning, China (mainland)

Med Sci Monit 2017; 23:4768-4778

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.902689

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Published: 2017-10-05

BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play an important role in the development and progression of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The miR-148/152 family has been reported to be express differently in various kinds of tumors. We investigated the expression level of the miR-148/152 family in AML patients and their clinical significance.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Expression levels of the miR-148/152 family in 80 patients with newly diagnosed AML and 20 healthy participants were analyzed by qRT-PCR. We also evaluated the relationship between the expression levels of the miR-148/152 family and clinicopathological features of AML patients.
RESULTS: Compared with healthy controls, we found a significant lower expression of downregulated miR-148/152 in AML patients (p<0.0001). The expression of miR148/152 family was associated with various AML clinicopathological risk parameters including FAB classifications, cytogenetics, and gene mutations. The number of patients with high expression levels of miR-148a/b was significantly increased in the low-risk group and significantly decreased in the high-risk group. (p=0.025, p=0.000, respectively). Patients with higher expression of miR-148b showed a higher complete remission (CR) rate (p=0.043). Importantly, higher expression of miR-148a/b was correlated with lower relapse rate (p=0.035, p=0.027, respectively) and showed a longer relapse-free survival (RFS) (p=0.0321, p=0.002, respectively). In the subgroup analysis, RFS was significantly affected by the expression of miR-148a/b in patients the high and the intermediate-risk groups (p=0.0499, p=0.0114, respectively).
CONCLUSIONS: The expression levels of the miR-148/152 family were lower in patients with AML compared to healthy controls, and were associated with various AML clinicopathological parameters and therapeutic effect. The miR-148/152 family may prove to be a new biomarker for AML.

Keywords: Leukemia, Promyelocytic, Acute, MicroRNAs, Recurrence, Survival Analysis