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mRNA/microRNA gene expression profile in microsatellite unstable colorectal cancer

Author(s): Lanza Giovanni | Ferracin Manuela | Gafà Roberta | Veronese Angelo | Spizzo Riccardo | Pichiorri Flavia | Liu Chang-gong | Calin George | Croce Carlo | Negrini Massimo

Journal: Molecular Cancer
ISSN 1476-4598

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 54;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Abstract Background Colorectal cancer develops through two main genetic instability pathways characterized by distinct pathologic features and clinical outcome. Results We investigated colon cancer samples (23 characterized by microsatellite stability, MSS, and 16 by high microsatellite instability, MSI-H) for genome-wide expression of microRNA (miRNA) and mRNA. Based on combined miRNA and mRNA gene expression, a molecular signature consisting of twenty seven differentially expressed genes, inclusive of 8 miRNAs, could correctly distinguish MSI-H versus MSS colon cancer samples. Among the differentially expressed miRNAs, various members of the oncogenic miR-17-92 family were significantly up-regulated in MSS cancers. The majority of protein coding genes were also up-regulated in MSS cancers. Their functional classification revealed that they were most frequently associated with cell cycle, DNA replication, recombination, repair, gastrointestinal disease and immune response. Conclusion This is the first report that indicates the existence of differences in miRNA expression between MSS versus MSI-H colorectal cancers. In addition, the work suggests that the combination of mRNA/miRNA expression signatures may represent a general approach for improving bio-molecular classification of human cancer.

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