Document Type: Research Articles
Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Egypt.
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Egypt
Department of Hepatology and Gastroenterology, National Liver Institute, Menoufia University, Egypt.
Department of Clinical pathology, National Liver Institute, Menoufia University, Egypt.
Background: MicroRNAs are mentioned as a small non-coding RNAs groups and aberrant miRNA expression was
found in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients. Aim: To evaluate role of plasma MicroRNA-215 as a diagnostic
tool in HCC patients. Methods: A prospective study included 195 subjects: healthy controls (group I), cirrhotic patients
(group II), and patients with HCC (group III). Clinical examination, radiological and laboratory investigations which
included quantification of miR-215 by Real-time qPCR were done for all cases. Results: Spearman’s rank correlation
revealed that in HCC group, there was a negative correlation between MiRNA-215 and serum AFP levels and focal size
lesion (cm) (rs = -0.72, - 0.94 respectively, p<0.001). Receiver operating characteristics analysis for discrimination
between cirrhosis and HCC groups regarding microRNA-215 displayed 78.3% sensitivity, 88.0% specificity at cutoff
value of ≤ 1.90. Area under the curve (AUC) was 0.87 (p< 0.001). As regards AFP, it had a sensitivity of 81.7%, a
specificity of 66.7 at cutoff value of ≥ 11.50 (ng/mL). Conclusions: Plasma level of miR-215 may be a promising
biomarker in HCC diagnosis. Moreover, if miR-215 combined with AFP, it can be used as a diagnostic biomarker, for
early detection of HCC.