Research Article

Prognostic significance of microRNA-10b overexpression in breast cancer: a meta-analysis

Published: April 04, 2016
Genet. Mol. Res. 15(2): gmr7350 DOI: 10.4238/gmr.15027350

Abstract

Many microRNAs (miRNAs) exhibit altered expression levels in cancers, and they may be considered as valuable prognostic biomarkers for cancers. Here we aimed to summarize the recent advances in miR-10b involvement in human breast cancer and analyze the predicting role of miR-10b for survival. We searched, Embase, and Wanfang databases to identify studies on the prognostic role of miR-10b expression in breast cancer. A total of 770 patients from 7 eligible studies were included in the analysis. Pooled risk ratios (RRs) with 95% confidence interval (95%CI) were calculated to estimate the effect. Our results showed that high miR-10b expression in patients with breast cancer was significantly associated with poor disease-free survival (DFS) (RR = 1.53; 95%CI = 1.06-2.21; P = 0.02). However, no significant association between miR-10b and overall survival was found in overall studies. Subgroup analysis indicated that high expression of miR-10b was significantly correlated with DFS in Asia (RR = 2.94; 95%CI = 1.71-5.05). The present meta-analysis demonstrated that high expression of miR-10b might predict poor survival in patients with breast cancer. Larger clinical studies are required to further evaluate the role of miR-10b in clinical practice.

Many microRNAs (miRNAs) exhibit altered expression levels in cancers, and they may be considered as valuable prognostic biomarkers for cancers. Here we aimed to summarize the recent advances in miR-10b involvement in human breast cancer and analyze the predicting role of miR-10b for survival. We searched, Embase, and Wanfang databases to identify studies on the prognostic role of miR-10b expression in breast cancer. A total of 770 patients from 7 eligible studies were included in the analysis. Pooled risk ratios (RRs) with 95% confidence interval (95%CI) were calculated to estimate the effect. Our results showed that high miR-10b expression in patients with breast cancer was significantly associated with poor disease-free survival (DFS) (RR = 1.53; 95%CI = 1.06-2.21; P = 0.02). However, no significant association between miR-10b and overall survival was found in overall studies. Subgroup analysis indicated that high expression of miR-10b was significantly correlated with DFS in Asia (RR = 2.94; 95%CI = 1.71-5.05). The present meta-analysis demonstrated that high expression of miR-10b might predict poor survival in patients with breast cancer. Larger clinical studies are required to further evaluate the role of miR-10b in clinical practice.

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