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BioMed Research International
Volume 2016, Article ID 9513037, 14 pages
Review Article

miR-155 as a Biomarker in B-Cell Malignancies

1Department of Haematology, Aalborg University Hospital, Hobrovej 18-22, 9100 Aalborg, Denmark
2Department of Haematology, Aarhus University Hospital, Tage-Hansens Gade 2, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
3Department of Mathematical Sciences, Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 5, 9100 Aalborg, Denmark
4Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University, Fredrik Bajers Vej 5, 9100 Aalborg, Denmark
5Clinical Cancer Research Center, Aalborg University Hospital, Hobrovej 18-22, 9100 Aalborg, Denmark

Received 23 December 2015; Accepted 3 April 2016

Academic Editor: Stefan Costinean

Copyright © 2016 Hanne Due et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


MicroRNAs have the potential to be useful biomarkers in the development of individualized treatment since they are easy to detect, are relatively stable during sample handling, and are important determinants of cellular processes controlling pathogenesis, progression, and response to treatment of several types of cancers including B-cell malignancies. miR-155 is an oncomiR with a crucial role in tumor initiation and development of several B-cell malignancies. The present review elucidates the potential of miR-155 as a diagnostic, prognostic, or predictive biomarker in B-cell malignancies using a systematic search strategy to identify relevant literature. miR-155 was upregulated in several malignancies compared to nonmalignant controls and overexpression of miR-155 was further associated with poor prognosis. Elevated expression of miR-155 shows potential as a diagnostic and prognostic biomarker in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Additionally, in vitro and in vivo studies suggest miR-155 as an efficient therapeutic target, supporting its oncogenic function. The use of inhibiting anti-miR structures indicates promising potential as novel anticancer therapeutics. Reports from 53 studies prove that miR-155 has the potential to be a molecular tool in personalized medicine.