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Regulation of HMGA2 and KRAS genes in epithelial ovarian cancer by miRNA hsa-let-7d-3p

1 Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Faculty of Science, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Istanbul University, Istanbul Medical Faculty, Istanbul, Turkey
3 Medicus Health Center, Istanbul, Turkey

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Tuba Gunel,
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Faculty of Science, Istanbul University, Istanbul 34134
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DOI: 10.4103/jcrt.JCRT_866_18

Aim of the Study: The purpose of this study was to identify specific circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) and investigate expression level of their target genes for evaluation of pathogenesis of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). Materials and Methods: In this study, we have studied on EOC patients' serum and whole blood, healthy control (HC) serum, and whole blood samples. Sixteen serum samples were collected to compare miRNA expression analysis through microarray. According to microarray results, one of the dysregulated miRNA in serum, hsa-let-7d-3p, was validated by RT-qPCR for discriminate two groups. The hsa-let-7d-3p is one of the tumor suppressive let-7d family members. Let-7d is downregulated in numerous types of cancer, including ovarian cancer and directly targets various oncogenes. We analyzed the let-7d targets, which are High Mobility Group A2 (HMGA2) and (Kirsten Rat Sarcoma Viral Oncogene Homolog), as the oncogenes that are associated with EOC. The relation between target genes of hsa-let-7d-3p and EOC has been examined by Pathway Studio. Twenty serum and whole blood samples collected to analyze expression level of target genes were analyzed by real-time PCR. Results: 31 significantly dysregulated miRNAs were identified by microarray in serum. Hsa-let-7d-3p has been selected for the validation, according to P-value and dysregulated level. RT-qPCR results showed that hsa-let-7d-3p could discriminate EOC patients from HC (P = 0.0484, AUC = 0.7). Furthermore, we identified hsa-let-7d-3p's target genes (HMGA2,KRAS) by bioinformatic analysis. The expression level of genes could discriminate patients with EOC from HC, with a power area under the ROC curves (AUC) of 62 and 64.2, respectively. Conclusion: HMGA2 and KRAS could be translationally downregulated by the hsa-let-7d-3p, and the loss of hsa-let-7d-3p expression led to the progression of EOC related to the tumorigenesis, invasion, and metastasis.

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