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Down-regulation of microRNA-182 and microRNA-183 predicts progression of osteosarcoma

Mohammad Reza Golbakhsh
Bahram Boddouhi
Negin Hatami
Peyman Karimi Goudarzi
Mohammadreza Shakeri
Emad Yahaghi
Afshin Taheriazam

Arch Med Sci 2017; 13, 6: 1352–1356
Online publish date: 2016/05/20
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Osteosarcoma commonly occurs in children and young adults as a primary bone malignancy [1–3]. It has been reported that 60% of malignant bone tumors occur in the first 2 decades of life. Nevertheless, a large number of osteosarcoma cases have responded poorly to chemotherapy. Furthermore, it has been suggested that the patients are at risk of distant metastasis or local relapse after curative surgery and chemotherapy [4, 5]. Despite the progress in therapeutic targets, they remain unsatisfactory for most osteosarcoma patients with metastasis or recurrent osteosarcoma. Therefore, discovery of new specific therapeutic targets may provide effective management of the disease. MicroRNAs belong to the class of small non-coding RNAs [6], and may act as a significant marker for prognosis and detection of cancer [7–9]. It has been suggested that microRNAs are correlated with cell fate specification, cellular proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis through alteration of the targets’ expression [7, 10, 11].
Dysregulation of different microRNAs has been suggested in the context of osteosarcoma [12–15]. However, the role of MiRNAs in development of osteosarcoma remains ambiguous, and further studies are needed.
Therefore, our aim was to evaluate the expression pattern of MiR-182 and MiR-183 in human osteosarcoma and their association with clinicopathological factors.

Material and methods


Forty paired tissue samples of osteosarcoma and noncancerous bone tissue were collected from different hospitals in Tehran, Iran between March 2010 and February 2014 and were confirmed by the Research Ethics Committee. The diagnosis and the histological grading were approved by an independent pathologist. All the specimens were stored in liquid nitrogen after surgical operation until use. The clinicopathological features are presented in Table I.

Quantitative real-time PCR

The total RNA was isolated from frozen samples using TRIzol reagent based on the manufacturer’s instructions. Gene-specific primers were used to synthesize cDNA from the TaqMan MicroRNA assays and reagents from the TaqMan MicroRNA Reverse Transcription kit (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA, USA). Real-time polymerase chain reaction was carried out to determine the expression level of microRNAs using an Invitrogen kit with the Rotor-gene 6000 system (Qiagen). The primers were used from the TaqMan MiRNA assays. The relative amount of microRNAs was normalized with the U6 gene as an internal reference. Ct (Ct = Ct tumor samples – Ct control sample) was calculated to qualify the expression rate of MiR-182 and MiR-183.

Statistical analysis

We used SPSS 18.0 software for statistical analysis (SPSS Inc., USA). Differences between groups were evaluated using the 2 test. Survival analysis was performed using the log-rank test and Kaplan-Meier method. A Cox proportional hazards model was performed to evaluate prognostic values of clinicopathological factors. Differences were considered statistically significant when p < 0.05.


Our findings showed that expression of MiR-182 was clearly lower in osteosarcoma bone tissue (mean ± SD: 2.84 ±0.07) compared with noncancerous bone tissues (6.23 ± 1.72, p = 0.004; Figure 1), On the other hand, lower expression of MiR-183 was observed in osteosarcoma bone tissue (1.43 ±0.59) when compared with normal tissues (4.36 ±2.47, p = 0.036; Figure 2). According to the median expression level of the two microRNAs, we categorized the patients into low and high expression groups. The correlations between clinicopathological factors and expression of the two microRNAs in high and low expression groups are summarized in Table I.
The results showed that decreased expression of MiR-182 was clearly correlated with advanced clinical stage (p = 0.001), metastasis or recurrence (p = 0.024), and large tumor size (p = 0.032). No significant difference was found between MiR-182 and age (p = 0.523), gender (p = 0.601), or differentiation (p = 0.123) (Table I). Decreased expression of MiR-183 was associated with advanced TNM stage (p = 0.004), and metastasis or recurrence (p = 0.002). There was no significant correlation of MiR-183 with other clinical factors (Table I).
Kaplan-Meier survival and log-rank analysis were performed to evaluate the association of microRNA expression with survival of patients. As shown in Figures 3 and 4, the decreased expression of these microRNAs was strongly correlated with shorter overall survival (log-rank test p = 0.035; p = 0.029).
The multivariate Cox proportional hazards model revealed that low expression of MiR-182 and MiR-183 (p = 0.02; p = 0.016), TNM stage (p = 0.04), and metastasis or recurrence (p = 0.03) were significantly associated with poor survival as independent prognostic factors (Tables II and III).


The role of MiRNAs in development of osteosarcoma remains ambiguous, and discovery of new specific therapeutic targets may provide effective management of the disease. Dysregulation of different MiRNAs has been previously suggested in many kinds of tumor [13, 14, 16, 17]. In the current study, we evaluated the expression pattern of MiR-182 and MiR-183 in relation to osteosarcoma.
Our findings showed that expression of MiR-182 and MiR-183 was clearly lower in osteosarcoma bone tissue compared with noncancerous bone tissues. Our findings suggest that their down-regulation is correlated with the progression of osteosarcoma and low expression of mentioned MiRNAs can contribute to tumor occurrence and development. Aberrant regulation of MiR-182 has been reported in many kinds of malignancies, including gastric cancer, lung, bladder, endometrial, prostate, colon and breast cancers, ovarian carcinoma, pediatric acute leukemia and melanoma [18, 19]. The tumor suppressor role of MiR-182 or oncogene has been suggested in different human malignancies. For instance, MiR-182 inhibits proliferation and invasion by targeting CTTN in lung adenocarcinoma cells [20], and could act as a tumor suppressor in lung tumor by targeting RGS17 [21]. In addition, the over-expression of MiR-182 has been previously reported, and also it was indicated that MiR-182 can play a role as an oncogene in different human cancers including melanoma [18].
Previous studies have suggested that MiR-183 can inhibit cell migration by targeting ITGB1 in neurosensory organs [22]. Moreover, MiR-183 can play a key role in initiation of tumor and progression in hepatocellular carcinoma cells [23]. Nevertheless, further investigations are needed to identify the role of MiR-183 in pathogenesis of osteosarcoma. Our results indicated that low expression of MiR-182 and MiR-183 was correlated with tumor progression in osteosarcoma. Decreased expression of MiR-182 was clearly correlated with advanced clinical stage, metastasis or recurrence, and high tumor size. Decreased expression of MiR-183 was associated with advanced TNM stage, and metastasis or recurrence.
It has been reported that MiR-182 was decreased in osteosarcoma tissues and cell lines. Up-regulation of MiR-182 can inhibit tumor growth, invasion and migration. Subsequent findings showed that TIAM1 was a direct target of MiR-182 in osteosarcoma cells [24]. On the other hand, it has been found that ectopic overexpression of MiR-183 repressed the expression levels of ezrin and markedly inhibited the motility and invasion of osteosarcoma cells. Recently, further studies suggested that MiR-183 may act as a tumor suppressor in the metastasis of osteosarcoma via downregulation of ezrin expression [25].
Kaplan-Meier survival and log-rank analysis indicated that decreased expression of these microRNAs was strongly correlated with shorter overall survival, which might be related to prognosis of osteosarcoma. The multivariate Cox proportional hazards model revealed that low expression of MiR-182 and MiR-183, TNM stage, and metastasis or recurrence were significantly associated with poor survival as independent prognostic factors.
In conclusion, our result showed that MiR-182 and MiR-183 may be associated with progression and metastasis of osteosarcoma. Further studies are needed to clarify the role of these markers.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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