Clinical significance of miR-22 expression in patients with colorectal cancer

Zhang, Guangjun; Xia, Shusen; Tian, Hongpeng; Liu, Zuoliang; Zhou, Tong
December 2012
Medical Oncology;Dec2012, Vol. 29 Issue 5, p3108
Academic Journal
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are non-coding RNAs that have been shown to be aberrantly expressed in several tumor types. Of these miRNAs, miR-22 as tumor suppressor has been shown to play a crucial role in human carcinogenesis. However, its association with the clinicopathological features of colorectal cancer has yet to be addressed. In this study, we compared the expression of miR-22 between colorectal cancer tissues and the normal adjacent mucosa using a quantitative real-time RT-PCR. The association of miR-22 expression with clinicopathological characters was analyzed by appropriate statistical analysis. Kaplan-Meier analysis and Cox proportional hazards regression models were used to investigate the associations of miR-22 expression with survival of patients. Results showed that the relative expression levels of miR-22 were significantly lower in colorectal cancer tissues than those in the normal adjacent mucosa, and low expression of miR-22 correlated with liver metastasis. Kaplan-Meier analysis indicated that patients with reduced miR-22 had a poor overall survival. Moreover, the multivariate analysis showed that reduced expression of miR-22 was an independent predictor of overall survival. Our data indicate the potential of miR-22 as a novel prognostic biomarker for CRC.


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