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Expression profiling of miRNA-145 and miRNA-338 in serum and sputum of patients with COPD, asthma, and asthma–COPD overlap syndrome phenotype

Authors Lacedonia D, Palladino GP, Foschino-Barbaro MP, Scioscia G, Carpagnano GE

Received 19 December 2016

Accepted for publication 13 March 2017

Published 23 June 2017 Volume 2017:12 Pages 1811—1817


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Russell

Donato Lacedonia,* Grazia Pia Palladino,* Maria Pia Foschino-Barbaro, Giulia Scioscia, Giovanna Elisiana Carpagnano

Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, Institute of Respiratory Diseases, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Background and objectives: A new phenotype with overlapping characteristics between asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) called asthma–COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS) is emerging among inflammation diseases. To date, there is no agreement on specific criteria to define this syndrome, and the current guidelines are insufficient to classify the analogy and differences between overlap and COPD or asthma phenotypes. It would be necessary to identify new biomarkers able to identify these diseases clearly. Thus, the aim of this study was to identify a serum and supernatant of sputum microRNA (miRNA) expression profile of miRNA-145 and miRNA-338 in patients with asthma (n=13), COPD (n=31), and ACOS (n=8) and controls (n=7).
Methods: The expression was evaluated using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). For statistical analysis, the ANOVA test, Kruskal–Wallis test, Mann–Whitney U-test, and Spearman’s rank correlation were used.
Results: The main finding of this work is that the expression of miRNA-338 is higher in the supernatant of different obstructive diseases than in peripheral blood, while miRNA-145 is higher only in the supernatant of asthma patients. The expression of both selected miRNAs is higher in the supernatant of asthma and COPD patients than in controls.
Conclusion: Differences in sputum miRNA expression profile were observed between patients with ACOS and asthma or COPD, which underline the potential role of miRNA as a biomarker that is able to discriminate patients with ACOS, asthma, and COPD.

Keywords: asthma–COPD overlap syndrome, ACOS, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, miRNA, sputum

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