MicroRNA Expression in Ethnic Specific Early Stage Breast Cancer: An Integration and Comparative Analysis

Farah J. Nassar, Rabih Talhouk, Nathalie K. Zgheib, Arafat Tfayli, Maya El Sabban, Nagi S. El Saghir, Fouad Boulos, Mark N. Jabbour, Claude Chalala, Rose Mary Boustany, Humam Kadara, Zhou Zhang, Yinan Zheng, Brian Joyce, Lifang Hou, Ali Bazarbachi, George Calin, Rihab Nasr*

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Breast cancer (BC) has a higher incidence in young Lebanese woman as compared to the West. We assessed the microRNA (miRNA) microarray profile of tissues derived from Lebanese patients with early BC and performed mRNA-miRNA integration analysis. 173 miRNAs were significantly dysregulated in 45 BC versus 17 normal adjacent breast tissues, including 74 with a fold change more than two of which 17 were never reported before in cancer. Integration analysis of mRNA-miRNA microarray data revealed a potential role of 51 dysregulated miRNA regulating 719 tumor suppressive or oncogenic mRNA associated with increased proliferation and decreased migration and invasion. We then performed a comparative miRNA microarray profile analysis of BC tissue between these 45 Lebanese and 197 matched American BC patients. Notably, Lebanese BC patients had 21 exclusively dysregulated miRNA (e.g. miR-31, 362-3p, and 663) and 4 miRNA with different expression manner compared to American patients (e.g. miR-1288-star and 324-3p). Some of these differences could reflect variation in patient age at diagnosis or ethnic variation affecting miRNA epigenetic regulation or sequence of miRNA precursors. Our data provide a basis for genetic/epigenetic investigations to explore the role of miRNA in early stage BC in young women, including ethnic specific differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number16829
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

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