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Expression of miRNA-146b-5p in patients with thyroid cancer in combination with Hashimoto's disease and its clinical significance

  • Authors:
    • Ninglei Li
    • Xiaolong Liu
    • Luzhe Han
    • Rui Zhou
    • Jian Yan
    • Guoxiang Zhao
    • Lixin Liu
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  • Published online on: March 20, 2019     https://doi.org/10.3892/ol.2019.10173
  • Pages: 4871-4876
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Abstract

The expression level of microRNA (miRNA)-146b in patients with thyroid carcinoma (TC) in combination with Hashimoto's thyroditis (HT) was evaluated to analyze the clinical significance. Eighty-seven patients who underwent thyroid surgery in The Third Affiliated Hospital of Southern Medical University from March 2010 to February 2013 were enrolled. Of the patients, 37 were diagnosed with TC (group A), and 50 were diagnosed with TC in combination with HT (group B). Forty patients were diagnosed with HT (group C). The expression levels of miRNA-146b-5p in cancer tissue and paracancerous tissue of patients in the two groups were measured by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). Correlation between the miRNA‑146b-5p levels and the clinicopathological characteristics of patients with combined TC and HT were evaluated. According to the expression of miRNA-146b-5p, patients in group B were separated into the high and low expression groups to observe the five-year cancer recurrence rate. There was no significant difference in miRNA-146b-5p expression between the papillary carcinoma group, the follicular carcinoma group and the medullary carcinoma group (P>0.05). The miRNA-146b-5p expression in the lesion tissue of group B was significantly higher than that of groups A and C, while the miRNA-146b-5p expression in the lesion tissue of group A was significantly higher than that of group C (P<0.05), and the lesion tissue of the three groups was higher than that of the corresponding parastatal tissue (P<0.05). The miRNA-146b-5p expression level was associated with tumor size, lymph node metastasis and TNM stage (P<0.05), while not associated with sex, age, lesion multiplicity, smoking history, diabetes history and patho- logical type in group B (P>0.05). The non‑recurrence rate of group B high expression subgroup was lower than that of group B low expression subgroup (P=0.045). High expression of miRNA-146b-5p was found in the cancer tissues of patients with combined TC and HT. The expression level of miRNA-146b-5p was associated with tumor size, lymph node metastasis and TNM stage. It is a potential prognostic indicator for patients with combined TC and HT.

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Li, N., Liu, X., Han, L., Zhou, R., Yan, J., Zhao, G., & Liu, L. (2019). Expression of miRNA-146b-5p in patients with thyroid cancer in combination with Hashimoto's disease and its clinical significance. Oncology Letters, 17, 4871-4876. https://doi.org/10.3892/ol.2019.10173
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Li, N., Liu, X., Han, L., Zhou, R., Yan, J., Zhao, G., Liu, L."Expression of miRNA-146b-5p in patients with thyroid cancer in combination with Hashimoto's disease and its clinical significance". Oncology Letters 17.6 (2019): 4871-4876.
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Li, N., Liu, X., Han, L., Zhou, R., Yan, J., Zhao, G., Liu, L."Expression of miRNA-146b-5p in patients with thyroid cancer in combination with Hashimoto's disease and its clinical significance". Oncology Letters 17, no. 6 (2019): 4871-4876. https://doi.org/10.3892/ol.2019.10173