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Mediators of Inflammation
Volume 2016, Article ID 1246129, 12 pages
Research Article

The Serum Expression of Selected miRNAs in Pulmonary Sarcoidosis with/without Löfgren’s Syndrome

1Laboratory of Immunogenomics, Department of Pathological Physiology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
2Department of Respiratory Medicine and TBC, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
3Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Received 30 August 2016; Accepted 10 November 2016

Academic Editor: Alex Kleinjan

Copyright © 2016 Eva Novosadova 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.


Purpose. Pulmonary sarcoidosis is associated with dysregulated expression of intracellular miRNAs. There is however only little information on extracellular miRNAs and their association with the disease course in sarcoidosis. We therefore assessed serum miRNAs in sarcoidosis classified according to the presence of Löfgren’s syndrome (LS) as a hallmark of good prognosis in contrast to more advanced disease course. Methods. RT-PCR was used to assess 35 miRNAs in 13 healthy controls and 24 sarcoidosis patients (12 with X-ray (CXR) stage 1 and LS and 12 with insidious onset and CXR stage 3). Results. Compared to controls, we consistently observed dysregulated expressions of miR-146, miR-16, miR-425-5p, and miR-93-5p in both sarcoidosis groups irrespective of disease course. Specifically, patients without LS had dysregulated expressions of miR-150-5p, miR-1, and miR-212 compared to controls. Patients with LS had dysregulated expressions of miR-21-5p and miR-340-5p compared to controls. Bioinformatics predicted consistently “Pathways in cancer” to be modulated by both altered profiles in patients with/without LS. Three miRNAs (miR-21-5p, miR-340-5p, and miR-212-3p) differed between our patients with LS and those without LS; their cumulative effect may modulate “TGF-β signalling pathway.” Conclusions. Further study should focus on possible applications of serum miRNAs for diagnostics follow-up and for prognosis.