A two-microRNA signature as a diagnostic and prognostic marker of pancreatic adenocarcinoma

Cancer Management and Research
Yang YuShundong Cang


Some cancer-specific miRNAs are dysregulated in pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PAAD) and involved in cell autophagy, differentiation, proliferation, migration, invasion, and malignant transformation. The aim of our study was to determine a panel of new diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for PAAD. We conducted a comprehensive analysis of global miRNA-expression profiles and corresponding prognosis information of 168 PAAD patients from the Cancer Genome Atlas data set. A total of 16 differentially expressed miRNAs were identified as aberrantly expressed in PAAD, and six of these were evaluated for use as diagnostic markers for PAAD. Next, we confirmed a two-miRNA signature significantly associated with PAAD patient diagnosis and outcome prediction. The panel of two miRNAs showed outstanding diagnostic performance, with sensitivity of 100% and specificity of 87.5%. Finally, we divided the PAAD patients into high-risk and low-risk groups based on the expression profile of the two miRNAs. Kaplan-Meier analysis demonstrated that patients in the high-risk group had significantly worse prognosis than patients in the low-risk group. Univariate and multivariate Cox regression analysis showed that the two-miRNA signature was an independent ...Continue Reading

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