J Cancer 2020; 11(14):4106-4114. doi:10.7150/jca.37842

Research Paper

microRNA Expression Profiling in Young Prostate Cancer Patients

Vladimir A. Valera1*, Rafael Parra-Medina2,3*, Beatriz A. Walter2, Peter Pinto1, Maria J Merino2✉

1. Urologic Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. Bethesda MD.
2. Translational Surgical Pathology Section, Laboratory of Pathology, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD.
3. Faculty of Natural Science and Mathematics, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia
*These authors contributed equally.

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Citation:
Valera VA, Parra-Medina R, Walter BA, Pinto P, Merino MJ. microRNA Expression Profiling in Young Prostate Cancer Patients. J Cancer 2020; 11(14):4106-4114. doi:10.7150/jca.37842. Available from http://www.jcancer.org/v11p4106.htm

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Abstract

MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small, non-coding RNA molecules with multiple roles in many biological processes. Few studies have shown the molecular characteristics in younger prostate cancer (PCa) patients. In this study, we performed miRNA profiling in young PCa (EO-PCa) cases compared with PCa arising in older men (LO-PCa).

Experimental Design: Formalin-fixed, paraffin embedded tissue was used. miRNA was extracted for PCR array and NanoString methods. Relative miRNAs expression levels were obtained by comparing young vs older men, and young PCa tumor samples vs normal epithelium.

Results: miRNA profiling showed a different expression pattern in PCa arising in younger men, and young PCa tumoral and its normal counterpart. Nine miRNAs (hsa-miR-140-5p, hsa-miR-146a, hsa-miR-29b, hsa-miR-9, hsa-miR-124-3p, hsa-let-7f-5p, hsa-miR-184, hsa-miR-373, hsa-miR-146b-5p) showed differences in the expression compared to LO-PCa. Fourteen miRNAs were significantly up-regulated (miR-1973, miR-663a, miR-575, miR-93-5p, miR-630, miR-600, miR-494, miR-150-5p, miR-137, miR-25-3p, miR-375, miR-489, miR-888-5p, miR-142-3p), while 9 were found down-regulated (miR-21-5p, miR-363-3p, miR-205-5p, miR-548ai, miR-3195, 145-5p, miR-143-3p, miR-222-3p, miR-221-3p) comparing young PCa tumoral tissue compared to normal counterpart. The higher expression of miR-600 and miR-137 were associated with high Gleason score, extraprostatic extension and lymphatic invasion.

Conclusion: These results suggest that PCa in younger patients has a different expression profile compared to normal tissue and PCa arising in older man. Differentially expressed miRNAs provide insights of molecular mechanisms involve in this PCa subtype.

Keywords: MicroRNAs, prostate, early onset, young