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Oncometabolites as biomarkers in thyroid cancer: a systematic review

Authors Khatami F, Payab M, Sarvari M, Gilany K, Larijani B, Arjmand B, Tavangar SM

Received 25 September 2018

Accepted for publication 19 November 2018

Published 25 February 2019 Volume 2019:11 Pages 1829—1841

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CMAR.S188661

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Chien-Feng Li


Fatemeh Khatami,1 Moloud Payab,2 Masoumeh Sarvari,3 Kambiz Gilany,3–5 Bagher Larijani,6 Babak Arjmand,7 Seyed Mohammad Tavangar1,8

1Chronic Diseases Research Center, Endocrinology and Metabolism Population Sciences Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 2Obesity and Eating Habits Research Center, Endocrinology and Metabolism Molecular-Cellular Sciences Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 3Metabolomics and Genomics Research Center, Endocrinology and Metabolomics Molecular Cellular Sciences Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 4Reproductive Biotechnology Research Center, Avicenna Research Institute, Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research (ACECR), Tehran, Iran; 5Integrative Oncology Department, Breast Cancer Research Center, Motamed Cancer Institute, Acercr, Tehran, Iran; 6Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Center, Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinical Sciences Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 7Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine Research Center, Endocrinology and Metabolism Molecular-Cellular Sciences Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; 8Department of Pathology, Dr. Shariati Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Introduction: Thyroid cancer (TC) is an important common endocrine malignancy, and its incidence has increased in the past decades. The current TC diagnosis and classification tools are fine-needle aspiration (FNA) and histological examination following thyroidectomy. The metabolite profile alterations of thyroid cells (oncometabolites) can be considered for current TC diagnosis and management protocols.
Methods: This systematic review focuses on metabolite alterations within the plasma, FNA specimens, and tissue of malignant TC contrary to benign, goiter, or healthy TC samples. A systematic search of MEDLINE (PubMed), Scopus, Embase, and Web of Science databases was conducted, and the final 31 studies investigating metabolite biomarkers of TC were included.
Results: A total of 15 targeted studies and 16 untargeted studies revealed several potential metabolite signatures of TC such as glucose, fructose, galactose, mannose, 2-keto-d-gluconic acid and rhamnose, malonic acid and inosine, cholesterol and arachidonic acid, glycosylation (immunoglobulin G [IgG] Fc-glycosylation), outer mitochondrial membrane 20 (TOMM20), monocarboxylate transporter 4 (MCT4), choline, choline derivatives, myo-/scyllo-inositol, lactate, fatty acids, several amino acids, cell membrane phospholipids, estrogen metabolites such as 16 alpha-OH E1/2-OH E1 and catechol estrogens (2-OH E1), and purine and pyrimidine metabolites, which were suggested as the TC oncometabolite.
Conclusion: Citrate was suggested as the first most significant biomarker and lactate as the second one. Further research is needed to confirm these biomarkers as the TC diagnostic oncometabolite.

Keywords: biomarkers, oncometabolites, thyroid cancer, TC, systematic review


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