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Differential expression of miR-195-5p in collapse of steroid-induced osteonecrosis of the femoral head

Pengfei Li, Pei Zhai, Zengjie Ye, Peng Deng, Yueguang Fan, Yirong Zeng, Zhihui Pang, Jianchun Zeng _, Jie Li and Wenjun Feng

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:42638-42647. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.17333

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Pengfei Li1, Pei Zhai1, Zengjie Ye1,2, Peng Deng1, Yueguang Fan3,*, Yirong Zeng3,*, Zhihui Pang3,*, Jianchun Zeng3,*, Jie Li3 and Wenjun Feng3

1Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China

2Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

3Department of Orthopedics, The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China

*Co-corresponding authors

Correspondence to:

Jianchun Zeng, email: [email protected]

Keywords: femoral head collapse, miR-195-5p, downregulated, osteonecrosis

Received: February 06, 2017     Accepted: April 11, 2017     Published: April 21, 2017


Background: Femoral head collapse is a key reference point for determining a treatment regimen of femoral head osteonecrosis. However, there are no effective preventive measures and the efficacy of hip-preserving surgery is unsatisfactory due to the unclear mechanism of collapse. This study aimed to identify and validate miRNAs differentially expressed in collapse and non-collapse areas of the osteonecrotic femoral head, and to predict the target genes and pathways of these miRNAs.

Results: Nine samples passed the quality control test. A total of 2085 differentially expressed miRNAs were detected, among which 433 miRNAs showed differential expression in the T1 group compared to the W1 group; 344 miRNAs showed differential expression in the T2 group compared to the W2 group; 107 miRNAs showed differential expression in the T3 group compared to the W3 group. After combining data from all three patients, 10 miRNAs showed differential expression in the collapse area (T1+T2+T3) compared to the non-collapse area (W1+W2+W3). Compared to the normal area, has-miR-195-5p showed the most significant downregulation. Expression results from RT-PCR revealed that the expression of hsa-miR-195-5p in the collapse area (T1+T2+T3) was significantly lower than that in the non-collapse area (W1+W2+W3) and normal area (Z1+Z2+Z3). 157 genes were perdicted as the target gene of hsa-miR-195-5p.

Materials and Methods: Femoral heads of three patients (2 males and 1 female) treated by total hip arthroplasty surgery for steroid-induced femoral head osteonecrosis were selected based on inclusion and exclusion criteria. Bone tissue samples were obtained from the collapse area (T), non-collapse area (W), and normal area (Z) according to the anatomical structure of osteonecrotic femoral heads. Total RNA was extracted from the samples and the microarray chip was scanned. miRNAs showing differential expressions of more than 1.5-fold were selected and was validated by RT-PCR. TargetScan, mirBase and miRanda bioinformatics software was used to predict target genes and identify possible pathways involving these genes.

Conclusions: miR-195-5p showed the most significant difference in the collapse area of osteonecrotic femoral heads, suggesting that collapse may be related to the downregulation of miR-195-5p.

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