Identification of a chrXq27.3 microRNA cluster associated with early relapse in advanced stage ovarian cancer patients

Marina Bagnoli, Loris De Cecco, Anna Granata, Roberta Nicoletti, Edoardo Marchesi, Paola Alberti, Barbara Valeri, Massimo Libra, Mattia Barbareschi, Francesco Raspagliesi, Delia Mezzanzanica, Silvana Canevari

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A major challenge in advanced-stage epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is prediction of chemoresistant relapse. Our aim was to identify a microRNA (miRNA) signature associated with early relapse in advanced-stage EOC patients. miRNA expression was assessed by microarray profiling in training (n = 55) and test (n = 30) sets selected on the basis of time to relapse (TTR), followed by internal quantitative reverse transcriptase-PCR validation on a set of 45 consecutive cases unselected for clinical response and external in silico validation on publicly available datasets. Thirty-two differentially expressed miRNAs in early vs. late relapsing patients were identified in the training set. In the test set, 8 of these, belonging to a cluster located on chrXq27.3, were down-modulated in early relapsing patients. Hierarchical clustering of the internal validation set according to chrXq27.3 miRNA expression associated low miRNA expression with shorter TTR (log-rank P=0.00074, HR 2.44). The cluster was an independent prognostic factor in both internal and external validation sets. Forced expression of chrXq27.3-cluster selected miRNAs in human EOC cellular models was associated to reduction of cell proliferation and increased sensitivity to cisplatin. The role of down-modulation of the chrXq27.3 miRNA cluster in early relapse of advanced-stage EOC patients and its association to a reduced sensitivity to chemotherapeutic treatments warrant further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1265-1278
Number of pages14
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


  • Advanced-stage ovarian cancer
  • Cisplatin
  • Early relapse
  • Microrna profiling
  • miR-506
  • miR-513a-5p
  • miR-513b

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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