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DNA methylation-mediated silencing of miR-204 is a potential prognostic marker for papillary thyroid carcinoma

Authors Xia F, Wang W, Jiang B, Chen Y, Li X

Received 20 August 2018

Accepted for publication 8 January 2019

Published 8 February 2019 Volume 2019:11 Pages 1249—1262


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Chien-Feng Li

Fada Xia, Wenlong Wang, Bo Jiang, Yong Chen, Xinying Li

Department of General Surgery, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha 410008, People’s Republic of China

Background: Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is the most common endocrine malignancy and its incidence has increased over the last few decades. The molecular mechanisms underlying PTC tumorigenesis and progression are still unclear.
Patients and methods: The microRNA (miRNA) expression patterns of PTC were revealed by miRNA microarray analysis and validated with The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) data. Promoter DNA methylation rates of miR-204 were analyzed by Agena Methylation MassARRAY analysis and validated with TCGA data. The underlying molecular mechanisms of miR-204 involved in PTC were studied by bioinformatics analyses.
Results: A total of 181 differentially expressed miRNAs (89 downregulated and 92 upregulated miRNAs) between PTC and normal tissues were detected in this study. We identified miR-204 as one of the most significantly downregulated miRNAs in PTC. Downregulation of miR-204 was related to PTC extrathyroidal extension, high T-stage, lymph metastasis, BRAF V600E mutation, and aggressive tall cell variant. The Agena MassARRAY results indicated that 12 CpG sites located at the promoter of miR-204 were hypermethylated in PTC tissues compared to normal tissues. The promoter methylation rates of miR-204 in PTC were negatively correlated with the expression levels of miR-204 and its host gene TRPM3. Downregulated miR-204 expression was related to several important pathways and mechanisms involved in tumorigenesis and progression.
Conclusion: Promoter DNA methylation-silenced miR-204 could serve as a potential diagnostic biomarker of PTC. Downregulation of miR-204 may play an important role in PTC via its involvement in many tumor-related pathways. Novel target genes and putative mechanisms of miR-204 in PTC need to be further validated.

Keywords: papillary thyroid carcinoma, miRNA, promoter DNA methylation, bioinformatics

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