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Assessment of microRNAs in patients with unstable angina pectoris

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Publication in: Eur Heart J. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed   Open Access

Assessment of microRNAs in patients with unstable angina pectoris.

Zeller T, Keller T, Ojeda F, Reichlin T, Twerenbold R, Tzikas S, Wild PS, Reiter M, Czyz E, Lackner KJ, Munzel T, Mueller C, Blankenberg S.

AIMS:
While cardiac troponin measurements have significantly improved the early diagnosis of myocardial infarction, the timely biomarker-based diagnosis of unstable angina pectoris (UAP) remains a major unmet clinical challenge. The aim of this study was to assess levels of circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) as possible novel biomarkers in patients with UAP.

METHODS AND RESULTS:
A three-phase approach was conducted, comprising (i) profiling of miRNAs in patients with UAP and controls groups; (ii) replication of significant miRNAs in an independent patient cohort, (iii) validation of a multi-miRNAs panel in a third cohort. Out of 25 miRNAs selected for replication, 8 miRNAs remained significantly associated with UAP. In a validation phase, a miRNA panel including miR-132, miR-150, and miR-186 showed the highest discriminatory power [area under the receiver-operating-characteristic curve (AUC): 0.91; CI: 0.84-0.98].

CONCLUSION:
Using a profiling-replication-validation model, we identified eight miRNAs, which may facilitate the diagnosis of UAP.