Upregulated miR‑203a‑3p and its potential molecular mechanism in breast cancer: A study based on bioinformatics analyses and a comprehensive meta‑analysis

Molecular Medicine Reports
Kai-Teng CaiJin-Cai Zhong


Breast cancer (BC) has been identified as the leading malignancy in women worldwide. However, the potential molecular mechanism of microRNA (miR)‑203a‑3p in BC remains to be elucidated. The present study evaluated the expression of miR‑203a‑3p in BC and adjacent normal tissue in several publically available datasets. The distinguishability of precursor miR‑203a and miR‑203a‑3p in BC tissue and adjacent breast tissue was assessed using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) and summarized ROC (sROC) approaches. In addition, gene ontology (GO) enrichment, Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathway analysis and protein‑protein interaction analysis were performed to determine the potential molecular mechanism of miR‑203a‑3p in BC. It was identified that the expression of precursor miR‑203a was markedly upregulated in 1,077 BC tissue samples compared to 104 adjacent breast tissue samples from The Cancer Genome Atlas. Additionally, an increasing trend in miR‑203a‑3p expression was observed in 756 BC tissue samples compared with 76 adjacent breast tissue samples from the University of California Santa Cruz Xena project. In addition, a comprehensive meta‑analysis suggested that the expression of miR‑203a‑3p was markedly increased...Continue Reading


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