Analysis of circulating microRNAs aberrantly expressed in alcohol-induced osteonecrosis of femoral head

Guoju Hong, Xiaorui Han, Wei He, Jiake Xu, Ping Sun, Yingshan Shen, Qiushi Wei, Zhenqiu Chen

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Serum miRNAs are potential biomarkers for predicting the progress of bone diseases, but little is known about miRNAs in alcohol-induced osteonecrosis of femoral head (AIONFH). This study evaluated disease-prevention value of specific serum miRNA expression profiles in AIONFH. MiRNA PCR Panel was taken to explore specific miRNAs in serum of AIONFH cases. The top differentially miRNAs were further validated by RT-qPCR assay in serum and bone tissues of two independent cohorts. Their biofunction and target genes were predicted by bioinformatics databases. Target genes related with angiogenesis and osteogenesis were quantified by RT-qPCR in necrotic bone tissue. Our findings demonstrated that multiple miRNAs were evaluated to be differentially expressed with high dignostic values. MiR-127-3p, miR-628-3p, and miR-1 were downregulated, whereas miR-885-5p, miR-483-3p, and miR-483-5p were upregulated in serum and bone samples from the AIONFH patients compared to those from the normal control individuals (p < 0.01). The predicted target genes of the indicated miRNAs quantified by qRT-PCR, including IGF2, PDGFA, RUNX2, PTEN, and VEGF, were presumed to be altered in necrotic bone tissue of AIONFH patients. The presence of five altered miRNAs in AIONFH patients may serve as non-invasive biomarkers and potential therapeutic targets for the early diagnosis of AIONFH.

Original languageEnglish
Article number18926
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019


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