Synergy of circulating miR-212 with markers for cardiovascular risks to enhance estimation of atherosclerosis presence
by Hye Seon Jeong, Jee-Yeon Kim, Seo Hyun Lee, Junha Hwang, Jong Wook Shin, Kyu Sang Song, Sukhoon Lee, Jei KimSynergy of specific microRNAs (miRNAs) with cardiovascular risk factors to estimate atherosclerosis presence in ischemic stroke patients has not been investigated. The present study aimed to identify atherosclerosis-related circulating miRNAs and to evaluate interaction with other cardiovascular markers to improve the estimation of atherosclerosis presence. We performed a miRNA profiling study using serum of 15 patients with acute ischemic stroke who were classified by the presence of no (n = 8) or severe (n = 7) stenosis on intracranial and extracranial vessels, which identified miR-212, -372, -454, and -744 as miRNAs related with atherosclerosis presence. Of the 4 miRNAs, only miR-212 showed a significant increase in expression in atherosclerosis patients in a validation study (atherosclerotic patients, n = 32, non-atherosclerotic patients, n = 33). Hemoglobin A1c, a high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and lipoprotein(a), both established risk markers, were independently related with atherosclerosis presence in the validation population. miR-212 enhanced the accuracy of atherosclerosis presence by the three existing markers (three markers, 78.5%; three markers+miR-212, 84.6%, P<0.05) and significantly added to the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (three markers, 0.8258; three markers+miR-212, 0.8646, P<0.05). The inclusion of miR-212 increased the reclassification index calculated using net reclassification improvement (0.4527, P<0.05) and integrated discrimination improvement (0.0737, P<0.05). We identified circulating miR-212 as a novel marker of atherosclerosis. miR-212 enhanced the estimation of atherosclerosis presence in combination with hemoglobin A1c, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and lipoprotein(a). Thus, miR-212 is expected to improve the estimation of atherosclerosis using peripheral blood of patients.
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