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Disease Markers
Volume 2017, Article ID 2046545, 10 pages
Research Article

MicroRNA-155-5p Overexpression in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Patients Is a Novel, Independent Molecular Biomarker of Poor Prognosis

1Second Department of Internal Medicine and Research Unit, University General Hospital “Attikon”, 1 Rimini St., Haidari, 12462 Athens, Greece
2Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis, 15701 Athens, Greece

Correspondence should be addressed to Christos K. Kontos; rg.aou.loib@sotnokhc

Received 26 September 2017; Accepted 20 November 2017; Published 31 December 2017

Academic Editor: Alvaro González

Copyright © 2017 Sotirios G. Papageorgiou 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.


MicroRNA-155-5p (miR-155-5p) is a proinflammatory, oncogenic miRNA, involved in various physiological processes, including hematopoiesis, immunity, inflammation, and cell lineage differentiation. It regulates important transcription factors, such as E2F2, hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF1), and FOXO3. Recently, the dysregulation of miR-155-5p expression has been linked to chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) pathogenesis. In this research study, we investigated the potential diagnostic and prognostic value of miR-155-5p in CLL. To achieve our goal, we isolated total RNA from peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) collected from 88 CLL patients and 36 nonleukemic blood donors and performed polyadenylation of total RNA and reverse transcription. Next, we quantified miR-155-5p levels using an in-house-developed real-time quantitative PCR method, before proceeding to extensive biostatistical analysis. Thus, it appears that miR-155-5p is significantly overexpressed in PBMCs of CLL patients and can distinguish them from nonleukemic population. Kaplan-Meier OS analysis and bootstrap univariate Cox regression showed that high miR-155-5p expression predicts inferior OS for CLL patients (). Interestingly, miR-155-5p overexpression retains its unfavorable prognostic role in CLL patients stratified according to established prognostic factors [CD38 expression and mutational status of the immunoglobulin heavy chain variable region (IGHV)]. Thus, miR-155-5p appears as a promising, independent molecular biomarker of unfavorable prognosis in CLL.