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Identification of long non-coding RNAs biomarkers for early diagnosis of myocardial infarction from the dysregulated coding-non-coding co-expression network

Chaoyu Sun, Hao Jiang, Zhiguo Sun, Yifang Gui and Hongyuan Xia _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:73541-73551. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.11999

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Chaoyu Sun1, Hao Jiang2, Zhiguo Sun2, Yifang Gui3, Hongyuan Xia1

1Department of Cardiology, The Fourth Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Harbin 150001, China

2Department of General Surgery, The Affiliated Hongqi Hospital of Mudanjiang Medical University, Mudanjiang 157011, China

3The Clinical Laboratory, The Affiliated Hongqi Hospital of Mudanjiang Medical University, Mudanjiang 157011, China

Correspondence to:

Hongyuan Xia, email: [email protected]

Keywords: biomarkers, diagnosis, long non-coding RNAs, myocardial infarction

Received: July 06, 2016     Accepted: August 24, 2016     Published: September 13, 2016


Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have recently been shown as novel promising diagnostic or prognostic biomarkers for various cancers. However, lncRNA expression patterns and their predictive value in early diagnosis of myocardial infarction (MI) have not been systematically investigated. In our study, we performed a comprehensive analysis of lncRNA expression profiles in MI and found altered lncRNA expression pattern in MI compared to healthy samples. We then constructed a lncRNA-mRNA dysregulation network (DLMCEN) by integrating aberrant lncRNAs, mRNAs and their co-dysregulation relationships, and found that some of mRNAs were previously reported to be involved in cardiovascular disease, suggesting the functional roles of dysregulated lncRNAs in the pathogenesis of MI. Therefore, using support vector machine (SVM) and leave one out cross-validation (LOOCV), we developed a 9-lncRNA signature (termed 9LncSigAMI) from the discovery cohort which could distinguish MI patients from healthy samples with accuracy of 95.96%, sensitivity of 93.88% and specificity of 98%, and validated its predictive power in early diagnosis of MI in another completely independent cohort. Functional analysis demonstrated that these nine lncRNA biomarkers in the 9LncSigAMI may be involved in myocardial innate immune and inflammatory response, and their deregulation may lead to the dysfunction of the inflammatory and immune system contributing to MI recurrence. With prospective validation, the 9LncSigAMI identified by our work will provide additional diagnostic information beyond other known clinical parameters, and increase the understanding of the molecular mechanism underlying the pathogenesis of MI.

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