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01.12.2017 | Research article | Ausgabe 1/2017 Open Access

BMC Cancer 1/2017

Simultaneous analysis of miRNA-mRNA in human meningiomas by integrating transcriptome: A relationship between PTX3 and miR-29c

BMC Cancer > Ausgabe 1/2017
Altay Burak Dalan, Sukru Gulluoglu, Emre Can Tuysuz, Aysegul Kuskucu, Cumhur Kaan Yaltirik, Oguz Ozturk, Ugur Ture, Omer Faruk Bayrak
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Although meningioma is a common disease, there is a lack of understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms behind its initiation and progression. We used combined miRNA-mRNA transcriptome analysis to discover dysregulated genes and networks in meningiomas.


Fourteen fresh-frozen meningioma samples and one human meningeal cell line were analyzed by using miRNA and whole transcriptome microarray chips. Data was filtered and analyzed. Candidate miRNAs and mRNAs were selected for validation in fifty-eight patient samples. miRNA and target mRNA relationships were assessed by inhibiting miRNA in meningioma cells. Apoptosis and viability assays were also used as functional tests.


With the whole transcriptome microarray, 3753 genes were found to be dysregulated, and 891 miRNAs were found to be dysregulated as a result of miRNA microarray. Results were combined and analyzed with bioinformatics tools. Top differential pathways included those of inflammation, cancer, and cellular growth and survival. The oncosupressor PTX3 was constitutively low in meningioma samples. Moreover, PTX3 negatively correlated with miR-29c in our samples. Inhibiting miR-29c upregulated the PTX3 level, induced apoptosis of meningioma cells, and decreased cell viability. CABIN1, miR-29c, TMOD1, PTX3, RPL22, SPARCL1 and RELA were correlated with clinicopathological features in patient samples.


Our results present the first integrated mRNA-miRNA analysis in meningiomas. miR-29c-3p and PTX3 are inversely correlated in tissues and meningioma cells, hinting that PTX3 can be regulated by miR-29c-3p. Furthermore, we determined potential clinicopathological markers.
Additional file 1: Table S1. An overview of the patient cohort. Tumor location and stage definition of patient samples. Median age of patients was 55.5 and age range was 15-89. (DOCX 17 kb)
Additional file 2: Figure S1. Array study report for gene expression microarray: Summary of the gene expression array results, scatter plot and volcano plot generated by TAC software (Affymetrix). (TIFF 355 kb)
Additional file 3: Figure S2. Array study report for miRNA microarray: Summary of the miRNA array results, scatter plot and volcano plot generated by TAC software (Affymetrix). (TIFF 276 kb)
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