Biopolym. Cell. 2016; 32(3):222-228.
MiR-137 expression in neuroblastoma: a role in clinical course and outcome.
1, 2Inomistova M. V., 1Khranovska N. M., 1Skachkova O. V., 1Klymniuk G. I., 2Demydov S. V., 1Svergun N. M.
  1. National Cancer Institute
    33/43, Lomonosova Str., Kyiv, Ukraine, 03022
  2. Educational and Scientific Center "Institute of Biology",
    Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
    64/13, Volodymyrska Str., Kyiv, Ukraine, 01601


Aim. To investigate association of the miR-137 expression in neuroblastoma patients with clinical and biological characteristics of the tumor, and the relationship with survival rates. Methods. qRT-PCR, FISH. Results. Analysis of 61 primary diagnosed neuroblastoma samples revealed a significantly lower expression of miR-137 in patients with the higher risk prognostic factors including the MYCN amplification, onset age, disease stage and overexpression of he p53 antagonist MDM2. Although miR-137 is not an independent risk factor, its higher expression was significantly associated with both improved event-free survival (5 year: 50.4 % vs 12.2 %) and overall survival (5 year: 46.9 % vs 19.1 %), indicating a potential tumor suppressor role in neuroblastoma. Conclusion. We identified miR-137 as a new microRNA of potential importance for the neuroblastoma tumor biology. We demonstrated that miR-137 expression can be used as a biomarker to stratify the neuroblastoma patients according to the clinical course.
Keywords: neuroblastoma, miR-137 expression


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