miR-196b-5p and miR-107 Expression Differentiates Ocular Sebaceous Carcinoma from Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Conjunctiva

Ronald O B de Keizer, Anne L M Vriends, Gijsbert J Hötte, Dion A Paridaens, Erik A C Wiemer, Robert M Verdijk

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An Ocular Sebaceous Carcinoma (OSC) is a rare malignant tumor for which initial clinical and pathological diagnosis is often incorrect. OSCs can mimic Squamous Cell Carcinomas of the Conjunctiva (SCCC). The aim of this study was to find microRNA biomarkers to distinguish OSCs and SCCCs from normal tissue and from each other. Clinical OSC and SCCC case files and the corresponding histopathological slides were collected and reviewed. Micro dissected formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tumor and control tissues were subjected to semi-high throughput microRNA profiling. MicroRNA expression distinguishes OSCs and SCCCs from corresponding control tissues. Selected differentially expressed miRNAs were validated using single RT-PCR assays. No prognostic miRNAs could be identified that reliably predict SCCC metastasis or OSC recurrence. A comparison between OSCs (n = 14) and SCCCs (n = 18) revealed 38 differentially expressed microRNAs (p < 0.05). Differentially expressed miRNAs were selected for validation in the discovery cohort and an independent validation cohort (OSCs, n = 11; SCCCs, n = 12). At least two miRNAs, miR-196b-5p (p ≤ 0.05) and miR-107 (p ≤ 0.001), displayed a statistically significant differential expression between OSCs and SCCCs with miR-196b-5p upregulated in SCCCs and miR-107 upregulated in OSCs. In the validation cohort, microRNA miR-493-3p also showed significant upregulation in SCCCs when compared to OSCs (p ≤ 0.05). ROC analyses indicated that the combined miR-196b-5p and miR-107 expression levels predicted OSCs with 90.0% sensitivity and 83.3% specificity. In conclusion, the combined testing of miR-196b-5p and miR-107, can be of additional use in routine diagnostics to discriminate OSCs from SCCCs.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4877
JournalInternational Journal of Molecular Sciences
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2022


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