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SHR Neuro Krebs Kardio Lipid

Fan, K; Ritter, C; Nghiem, P; Blom, A; Verhaegen, ME; Dlugosz, A; Dum, N; Woetmann, A; Tothill, RW; Hicks, RJ; Sand, M; Schrama, D; Schadendorf, D; Ugurel, S; Becker, JC.
Circulating Cell-Free miR-375 as Surrogate Marker of Tumor Burden in Merkel Cell Carcinoma
CLIN CANCER RES. 2018; 24(23): 5873-5882. [OPEN ACCESS]
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Autor/innen der Med Uni Graz:
Becker Jürgen Christian
Fan Kaiji
Ritter Cathrin
Schrama David
Ugurel-Becker Selma

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Purpose: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is an aggressive skin cancer with neuroendocrine differentiation. There is an unmet need for MCC-specific blood-based surrogate biomarkers of tumor burden; circulating cell-free miRNA may serve this purpose. Experimental Design: Expression of miR-375 was quantified in 24 MCC and 23 non-MCC cell lines, 67 MCC and 58 non-MCC tumor tissues, sera of 2 preclinical MCC models, and sera of 109 patients with MCC and 30 healthy controls by nCounter human-v2-miRNA expression or miR-375-specific real-time PCR assays. The patients' sera consisted of two retrospective (discovery and training) and two prospective (validation) cohorts. Results: miR-375 expression was high in MCC cell lines and tissues compared with non-MCCs. It was readily detected in MCC-conditioned medium and sera of preclinical models bearing MCC xenografts. miR-375 levels were higher in sera from tumor-bearing patients with MCC than in tumor-free patients or healthy controls (P < 0.0005). Moreover, miR-375 serum levels correlated with tumor stage in tumor-bearing (P = 0.037) but not in tumor-free (P = 0.372) patients with MCC. miR-375 serum level showed high diagnostic accuracy to discriminate tumor-bearing and tumor-free patients with MCC as demonstrated by ROC curve analysis in the retrospective cohorts (AUC = 0.954 and 0.800) as well as in the prospective cohorts (AUC = 0.929 and 0.959). miR-375 serum level reflected dynamic changes in tumor burden of patients with MCC during therapeutic interventions. Conclusions: Circulating cell-free miR-375 proved as a surrogate marker for tumor burden in MCC without restriction to polyomavirus positivity; it thus appears to be useful for therapy monitoring and the follow-up of patients with MCC.

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