Five Hypermethylated MicroRNA Genes as Potential Markers of Ovarian Cancer
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MicroRNA and methylation are important epigenetic mechanisms in the pathogenesis of cancer. The role of a group of microRNA hypermethylated genes in the pathogenesis of ovarian cancer was studied and their diagnostic and prognostic potential was evaluated. Studies on a representative sample of 54 ovarian cancer specimens with the use of methyl-specific PCR resulted in detection of five microRNA genes (MIR-9-1, MIR-9-3, MIR-107, MIR-1258, and MIR-130b) methylated in the majority of tumor specimens in comparison with paired specimens of histologically intact tissue (37-57% vs. 4-9%, p<0.01). Methylation of three genes (MIR-9-1, MIR-9-3, and MIR-130b) was significantly (p≤0.05) associated with the parameters of ovarian cancer progress (clinical stage, differentiation degree, tumor size, and presence of metastases). These findings attest to oncosuppressive role of the studied microRNA genes (MIR-9-1, MIR-9-3, MIR-107, MIR-1258, and MIR-130b) in the pathogenesis and progress of ovarian cancer and indicated their prognostic potential.
Key WordsmicroRNA hypermethylation ovarian cancer metastases
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