Simultaneous miRNA and mRNA transcriptome profiling of glioblastoma samples reveals a novel set of OncomiR candidates and their target genes
Embargo Lift Date: 2019-12-01
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Although glioblastomas are common, there remains a need to elucidate the underlying mechanisms behind their initiation and progression and identify molecular pathways for improving treatment. In this study, sixteen fresh-frozen glioblastoma samples and seven samples of healthy brain tissues were analyzed with miRNA and whole transcriptome microarray chips. Candidate miRNAs and mRNAs were selected to validate expression in fifty patient samples in total with the criteria of abundance, relevance and prediction scores. miRNA and target mRNA relationships were assessed by inhibiting selected miRNAs in glioblastoma cells. Functional tests have been conducted in order to see the effects of miRNAs on invasion, migration and apoptosis of GBM cells. Analyses were carried out to determine correlations between selected molecules and clinicopathological features. 1332 genes and 319 miRNAs were found to be dysregulated by the microarrays. The results were combined and analyzed with Transcriptome Analysis Console 3 software and the DAVID online database. Primary differential pathways included Ras, HIF-1, MAPK signaling and cell adhesion. OncomiR candidates 21-5p, 92b-3p, 182-5p and 339-5p for glioblastoma negatively correlated with notable mRNA targets both in tissues and in in vitro experiments. miR-21-5p and miR-339-5p significantly affected migration, invasion and apoptosis of GBM cells in vitro. Significant correlations with overall survival, tumor volume, recurrence and age at diagnosis were discovered. In this article we present valuable integrated microarray analysis of glioblastoma samples regarding miRNA and gene-expression levels. Notable biomarkers and miRNA-mRNA interactions have been identified, some of which correlated with clinicopathological features in our cohort.