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dc.creatorAraujo, R
dc.creatorSantos, JMO
dc.creatorFernandes, M
dc.creatorDias, F
dc.creatorSousa, H
dc.creatorRibeiro, J
dc.creatorMargarida Bastos
dc.creatorOliveira, PA
dc.creatorCarmo, D
dc.creatorCasaca, F
dc.creatorSilva, S
dc.creatorMedeiros, R
dc.creatorGil da Costa, R. M.
dc.description.abstractPurpose Persistent human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is associated with the development of certain types of cancer and the dysregulation of microRNAs has been implicated in HPV-associated carcinogenesis. This is the case of microRNA-146a (miR-146a), which is thought to regulate tumor-associated inflammation. We sought to investigate the expression levels of miR-146a during HPV16-mediated carcinogenesis using skin samples from K14-HPV16 transgenic mice which develop the consecutive phases of the carcinogenesis process. Methods Female transgenic (HPV+/-) and wild-type (HPV-/-) mice were sacrificed at 24-26 weeks-old or 28-30 weeks-old. Chest and ear skin samples from HPV+/- and HPV-/- mice were histologically classified and used for microRNA extraction and quantification by qPCR. Results Chest skin samples from 24 to 26 weeks-old HPV+/- mice presented diffuse epidermal hyperplasia and only 22.5% showed multifocal dysplasia, while at 28-30 weeks-old all (100.0%) HPV+/- animals showed epidermal dysplasia. All HPV+/- ear skin samples showed carcinoma in situ (CIS). MiR-146a expression levels were higher in HPV+/- compared to HPV-/- mice (p = 0.006). There was also an increase in miR-146a expression in dysplastic skin lesions compared with hyperplasic lesions (p = 0.011). Samples showing CIS had a significant decrease in miR-146a expression when compared to samples showing epidermal hyperplasia (p = 0.018) and epidermal dysplasia (p = 0.009). Conclusions These results suggest that HPV16 induces the overexpression of miR-146a in the initial stages of carcinogenesis (hyperplasia and dysplasia), whereas decreases its expression at later stages (CIS). Taken together, these data implicate and suggest different roles of miR-146a in HPV-mediated carcinogenesis.
dc.relationinfo:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia/Projetos Estratégicos/UID/EQU/00511/2013 - POCI-01-0145-FEDER-006939/Laboratório de Engenharia de Processos, Ambiente, Biotecnologia e Energia/LEPABE
dc.titleExpression profile of microRNA-146a along HPV-induced multistep carcinogenesis: a study in HPV16 transgenic mice
dc.typeArtigo em Revista Científica Internacional
dc.contributor.uportoFaculdade de Engenharia
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