Diagnosis and Assessment of Microbial Infections with Host and Microbial microRNA Profiles



Biomarkers are continuously being sought in the field of diagnostic microbiology for the laboratory diagnosis and assessment of microbial infections. A set of clinical and laboratory criteria necessary for an ideal diagnostic marker of infection have previously been proposed by Ng and his colleagues [1]. According these criteria, an ideal biomarker should possess at a minimum the following characteristics: (a) biochemically, a biomarker should be stable and remain significantly deregulated in the body fluid compartment for at least 12–24 h even after commencement of appropriate treatment that may allow an adequate time window for specimen collection or storage without significant decomposition of the active compound until laboratory processing; (b) its concentration should be determined quantitatively and the method of measurement should be automatic, rapid, easy, and inexpensive; (c) the collection of a specimen should be minimally invasive and require a small volume (e.g., <0.5 mL blood). Numerous biomarkers have been found and tested in clinical practice. Currently, microRNA (miRNA) molecules are without a doubt the biomarkers with the greatest potential capacities in the diagnostic microbiology field.


Area Under Curve Microbial Infection miRNA Profile miRNA Expression Profile Enteroviral Infection 
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The study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (30901285), the Jiangsu Province Key Medical Talent Foundation (RC2011191), the Science and Technology Pillar program of Jiangsu Province (BE2011796), and the “333” Projects of Jiangsu Province.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lunbiao Cui
    • 1
  • Charles W. Stratton
    • 2
  • Yi-Wei Tang
    • 3
  1. 1.Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and PreventionNanjingChina
  2. 2.Departments of Pathology and MedicineVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Laboratory MedicineMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

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