Integrated miRNA-mRNA spatial signature for oral squamous cell carcinoma: A prospective profiling study of Narrow Band Imaging guided resection

Camile S. Farah, Simon A. Fox, Andrew J. Dalley

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Abstract

Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is a common malignancy for which there is poor prognosis and limited therapeutic options. The objective was to identify mRNA targets of dysregulated miRNAs in OSCC using integrated analysis and understand molecular abnormality in surgical margins. We used biopsies along the spatial axis from normal tissue defined by narrow band imaging (NBI) through conventional white light (WL) margins to tumour from 18 patients undergoing surgical resection for OSCC. Overall 119 miRNA and 4794 mRNA were differentially expressed along the adjacent normal tissue to tumour axis. Analysis of miRNA profiles demonstrated the NBI margins were molecularly distinct from both the tumour and WL margin. Integrated analysis identified 193 miRNA-mRNA interactions correlated to the spatial axis of NBI-WL-T. We used cross-validation analysis to derive a spatial interactome signature of OSCC comprising 100 putative miRNA-mRNA interactions between 40 miRNA and 96 mRNA. Bioinformatic analysis suggests that miRNA dysregulation in OSCC may contribute to activation of the oncostatin M, BDNF and TGF-β pathways. Our data demonstrates that surgical margins defined by NBI leave less potentially malignant residual tissue. The miRNA-mRNA interactome provides insight into dysregulated miRNA signalling in OSCC and supports molecular definition of tumour margins.

Original languageEnglish
Article number823
JournalScientific Reports
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018

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