A restricted signature of serum miRNAs distinguishes glioblastoma from lower grade gliomas
- Giulia Regazzo1,
- Irene Terrenato2,
- Manuela Spagnuolo1,
- Mariantonia Carosi3,
- Gaetana Cognetti4,
- Lucia Cicchillitti5,
- Francesca Sperati2,
- Veronica Villani6,
- Carmine Carapella7,
- Giulia Piaggio5Email author,
- Andrea Pelosi†1 and
- Maria Giulia Rizzo†1Email author
© The Author(s). 2016
Received: 4 May 2016
Accepted: 11 July 2016
Published: 30 July 2016
Malignant gliomas are the most common primary brain tumors in adults and challenging cancers for diagnosis and treatment. They remain a disease for which non-invasive, diagnostic and/or prognostic novel biomarkers are highly desirable. Altered microRNA (miRNA) profiles have been observed in tumor tissues and biological fluids. To date only a small set of circulating/serum miRNA is found to be differentially expressed in brain tumors compared to normal controls.
Here a restricted signature of circulating/serum miRNA including miR-15b*,-23a, −99a, −125b, −133a, −150*, −197, −340, −497, −548b-5p and let-7c were investigated as potential non-invasive biomarkers in the diagnosis of glioma patients.
Serum and tissues miRNAs expression in patients with brain cancers (n = 30) and healthy controls (n = 15) were detected by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Relative expression was calculated using the comparative Ct method. Statistical significance (p ≤ 0,05) was determined using the Mann–Whitney rank sum and Fisher’s exact test. Diagnostic accuracy of miRNAs in distinguishing glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) from lower grade cancer was assessed by the Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curve analysis.
To validate the role of the identified miRNAs in cancer a comprehensive literature search was conducted using PubMed, Web of Science (Core Collection) and Scopus databases.
We observed a decrease of miR-497 and miR-125b serum levels depending on tumor stages with reduced level in GBM than lower grade tumors. The ROC curve analysis distinguishing GBM from lower grade cases yielded an area under the curve (AUC) of 0.87 (95 % confidence interval (CI) = 0.712–1) and of 0.75 (95 % CI = 0.533–0.967) for miR-497 and -125b, respectively. GBM patients are more likely to show a miR-497 and -125b down-regulation than the lower grade group (p = 0.002 and p = 0.024, respectively). These results were subsequently compared with evidence from 19 studies included in the final systematic review.
Although multiple biomarkers are currently leveraged in the clinic to detect specific cancer types, no such standard blood biomolecules are used as yet in gliomas. Our data suggest that serum miR-497 and -125b could be a novel diagnostic markers with good perspectives for future clinical applications in patients with glioma.
Malignant gliomas and mainly glioblastomas multiforme (GBMs), represent the most lethal primary brain tumors and are associated with high morbidity, presenting unique challenges to therapy due to their location, aggressive biological behaviour and diffuse infiltrative growth [1, 2] according to current World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, gliomas are subcategorized by histopathologic evaluation into four tumor grades (I–IV), where GBM (grade IV) is the most malignant and most common primary brain tumor . Currently, histological examination of the tumor tissue is the standard procedure for definitive diagnosis of glioma, while computer tomography and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are the supplement procedures for disease staging [4–6]. However, both the histopathology and neuroimaging tests are insensitive and expensive, and may cause haemorrhage and neurologic damages . Thus, there is a major interest in developing biomarkers that allow for less expensive monitoring of the disease in shorter time intervals . Furthermore, patients at high risk for surgery-associated mortality or small tumors in eloquent areas of the brain could benefit from the discovery of biomarkers for the confirmation of GBM in order to avoid biopsy . Although early detection with circulating biomarkers is an established method in the diagnosis and treatment of many cancer types, diagnostic tests for gliomas are currently limited . Therefore, to have a set of markers for early detection is still a primary goal to improve diagnosis and treatment of human gliomas.
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that play an important role in the regulation of various biological processes through their interaction with cellular messenger RNAs . They are frequently deregulated in cancer [12–14] and have shown great potential as tissue-based markers for cancer classification and prognosis including gliomas [15–17]. MiRNAs are also present in extracellular human body fluids such as blood serum and plasma [18, 19]. Since miRNAs circulate in the bloodstream in a highly stable, extracellular form, they have become particularly appealing as potential non-invasive biomarkers for detection of cancer [20–22].
Regarding gliomas, plasma miR-21, one of the most intensively studied miRNAs in cancer biology, has been found significantly higher in GBM patients than control samples and it decreased significantly after tumor resection and concomitant radio/chemotherapy [23–25]. Recently, a global serum miRNA signature in a large cohort of malignant glioma patients has been reported. In particular, seven serum miRNAs (miR-15b*, miR-23a, miR-133a, miR-150*, miR-197, miR-497 and miR-548b-5p) whose concentrations were significantly decreased in serum of malignant astrocytoma patients compared to normal controls have been identified . Moreover, differentially expressed serum miRNAs were found in GBM patients and normal controls. In particular, miR-576-5p, miR-340 and miR-626 were significantly overexpressed, whereas miR-320, let-7 g-5p and miR-7-5p showed significantly low expression in GBM patients . Besides, Wu J et al. reported a predictive value of serum miR-29 in a high-graded glioma screening . Lastly, miR-125b, a member of the let-7c cluster widely considered as ideal biomarker for clinical diagnosis of various human cancers [29–31], has also been described as potential glioma biomarker .
Although all these promising circulating biomarkers have been suggested to have a prognostic and diagnostic value for glioma tumors, they should be further tested and evaluated in order to be widely accepted.
Study design, patients and control subjects
The present study involved two phases. In the first phase, the predictive performance of a restricted signature of serum miRNAs (miR-15b*, −23a, let-7c, −99a, −125b, −133a, −150*, −197, −340, −497 and miR-548b-5p) for glioma was assessed.
Preoperative serum samples were collected from 30 newly diagnosed brain tumors (22 primary glioma patients of WHO grades II-IV, 8 meningiomas) at the Regina Elena National Cancer Institute. Healthy controls (n = 15) were recruited at the same Institute from individuals seeking a routine health checkup and with no evidence of disease and with age-, gender- and ethnicity-matched to the patients.
General characteristics and clinicopathological features of brain tumor patients and control subjects
Controls(n = 15)
Gliomas(n = 22)
Meningiomas (n = 8)
IDH1 mutationb c
MGMT promoter methylatedd
All participants gave written informed consent and the Research Ethics Committee of Regina Elena National Cancer Institute approved this investigation. Patient data and samples were treated according to ethical and legal standards adopted by the Declaration of Helsinki 2013.
In the second phase of the study an on-line literature search, for miR-497 and miR-125b, was conducted in PubMed (from 01/01/1946 to 05/01/2016), Web of Science (Core Collection) (from 01/01/1990 to 05/01/2016) and Scopus (from 01/01/2004 to 05/01/2016) databases to obtain all the studies related to the predictive diagnostic performance of these miRNAs in different cancers. Our search strategy was based on a combination of keywords and Boolean operators organized as follows: (1) MicroRNA* OR “Micro RNA” OR “RNA Micro” OR miRNA* OR pri-miRNA* OR stRNA* OR pre-miRNA*; (2) Small AND Temporal AND RNA*; (3)1 OR 2; (4) 125b; (5)3 AND 4; (6) miR-125b OR microRNA-125b OR hsa-mir-125b OR miRNA-125b OR micro-RNA-125b OR pri-miRNA-125b OR stRNA-125b OR pre-miRNA-125b; (7)5 OR 6; (8) “MicroRNAs”[Mesh]) AND 125b; (9)7 OR 8; (10)neoplas* OR tumo* OR cancer*; (11) 9 AND 10.
In Scopus and Web of Science MeSH terms were not included in the search. The same strategy has been replicated for miR-497 without passage 10 and 11 because, considering the smaller number of citations found for this miRNA, it was not necessary to further restrict the search including the two final passages of the search strategy.
Three review authors independently screened titles and abstracts in order to identify articles for eligibility. Later the review authors independently screened the full-text articles for eligibility. Both the screening for titles and abstracts and the full-text screening were performed using a standardized form with explicit inclusion and exclusion criteria. Studies from the initial literature search have been considered qualified and included in our review if they satisfied the following criteria: (1) full articles in English (reviews were excluded); (2) articles concerning the evaluation of cell-free miRNA in human biofluids from cancer patients; (3) recruitment of more than 10 participants for the study (4) sample collection before surgical resection or other therapeutic treatments; (5) no declared concomitance with other diseases; (6) analysis of miRNA levels for diagnostic purposes. The review authors resolved any disagreement by discussion.
Sample processing and RNA extraction
Blood samples of glioma patients were collected before surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy in BD Vacutainer serum tubes using a 21-gauge needle. The samples were kept at room temperature (RT) for 30–60 min and then centrifuged at RT for 20 min at 1200 g. The serum transferred into sterile cryovials was aliquoted and stored at −80 °C until further analysis.
To isolate extracellular circulating miRNA in serum we used a kit that permits to obtain all circulating cell-free miRNAs both from exosomes and associated proteins (Ago proteins, nucleoplasmin, HDL, etc.). RNA was extracted from 200 μl of serum and purified using miRCURY RNA Isolation Kit – Biofluids (Exiqon #300112 Vedbaek- Denmark) in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. There is considerable sample-to-sample variability in both protein and lipid content of plasma and serum samples, which could affect efficiency of RNA extraction, and could introduce potential inhibitors of PCR. In order to minimize the technical variation between replicates in down-stream PCR analysis we added, for all isolations, spike-in non-human synthetic miRNAs (RNA spike-in mix: UniSp2, UniSp4 and UniSp5; Exiqon #203203) into the respective lysis/denaturant buffer before combining with serum. To avoid DNA contamination, all samples were subjected to on-column rDNase treatment in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. After extraction RNA was eluted in 50 μl RNase-free water. Furthermore, determination of RNA yield is usually not possible by spectrophotometric reading thus we used RNA amounts based on starting volume in the PCR reaction as a measure, combined with subsequent quantification of spike-ins. RNA from FFPE samples were extracted using the PureLink FFPE Total RNA Isolation Kit (Invitrogen. Carlsbad, CA, USA) in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. Total tissue RNA, eluted in RNase-free water, was quantified with the NanoDrop ND-1000 spectrophotometer (ThermoFisher Scientific, Wilmington, DE U.S.A.).
Reverse transcription and quantitative real-time -PCR (qRT-PCR)
Quantification of the mature circulating and tissue miRNAs were performed by a miRNA-specific LNA™-based system using SYBR® Green (miRCURY LNA™ Universal RT microRNA PCR; Exiqon # 203301, 203351 Vedbaek- Denmark).
First-strand cDNA was synthesized from 4 μl of each serum RNA sample or 20 ng of tissue RNA, using the Universal cDNA Synthesis kit II according to the Exiqon manufacturer’s protocols with any modifications (Exiqon, Vedbaek- Denmark). To control the potential presence of inhibitors and the quality of the cDNA synthesis reaction UniSp6 RNA Spike-in template was added to the Reverse Transcription mixture.
The cDNA template was diluited 40x in nuclease-free water and then amplified using microRNA-specific LNA™-enhanced forward and reverse primers. QRT-PCR was performed employing an ABI 7900 Real Time PCR System and SDS 2.2.2 software (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA). All reactions were performed in triplicate and for the background level a No Template Control was included in the study every time a new experiment was set-up. ROX passive reference dye was added in the diluited cDNA samples to obtain a robust read over the entire array of wells (ROX high, Kapabiosystems, Wilmington, Massacchusetts, USA). Expression data for miRNAs were analyzed calculating cycle threshold (Ct) values as well as standard deviations by means of comparative ΔCt method. The quantity of serum and tissue miRNAs was normalized as described below.
Established consensus house-keeping miRNAs for data normalization are lacking for serum miRNAs. Exiqon manufacturer’s protocols suggest miR-103-3p as a candidate endogenous reference gene but it showed high variation in our samples. Thus, in order to minimize variation in circulating miRNA recovery, retro-transcription and amplification efficiency, we normalized serum miRNA levels measuring the expression of the synthetic spiked-inUniSP2 (UniSP2 LNA control primer set UniRT, Exiqon#203950).
The expression levels of mature tissue miRNAs were normalized to the U6 snRNA (U6 snRNA LNA primer set UniRTExiqon #203907).
As the major source of variation in plasma and serum miRNA expression patterns is potential cellular derived miRNA contamination including hemolysis  we screened selected samples for hemolysis analyzing the expression levels of miR-451, abundant in red cells, and miR-23a, unaffected by hemolysis, as suggested by Exiqon manufacturer’s protocols (samples with Ct miR-23a – Ct miR-451 ≥ 5 are considered hemolyzed).
Statistical significance (p ≤ 0,05) was determined using the Mann–Whitney rank sum and Fisher’s exact test, when appropriate. MiRNA expression values were plotted into box-plots. Receiver operative characteristics (ROC) curves were used to assess the diagnostic accuracy of miRNAs in distinguish high grade from lower grade cancer. Youden’s index was performed to identify the best cut-off value. Across various cut-off points, Youden’s index maximized the difference between sensitivity and specificity and between real-positive and false-positive subjects. All analyses were carried out with SPSS (version 21.0) statistical program (SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA).
Results and Discussion
The conventional method for glioma detection is neuroimaging, which is considered as gold standard but can hardly avoid limitations such as invasive process, expensive cost, and unwarrantable accuracy [5, 6, 21, 34]. Therefore, to have a set of markers for early detection is still a primary goal to improve diagnosis and treatment of human gliomas. To overcome these shortcomings, biomarkers in blood have become a hot research field. Since most current protein biomarkers cannot reach certain level of sensitivities or specificities, miRNAs, which can be sampled non-invasively and cost-effectively, are widely studied as ideal biomarkers for clinical applications .
Expression level of a selected subset of serum miRNAs in a cohort of glioma patients
Circulating miRNAs, previously shown to be associated with brain tumors, were evaluated as potential non-invasive diagnostic biomarkers in the serum of a cohortofpatients with brain tumors including gliomas of different grade (n = 22), meningiomas (n = 8) and normal control subjects (n = 15) with a matched distribution of age and sex. An overview of the patient characteristics is provided in Table 1.
These results suggest a possible diagnostic application of miR-497 and -125b in determining the tumor grade in gliomas before biopsy or surgical resection, that are usually required for histopathological classification and grading .
However, our analysis did not recapitulate, except for miR-497 and miR-125b, the results of previous studies [26, 27] that identified all the miRNAs of the signature as modulated in gliomas compared with normal control. This contrastating data may be explained with the several challenges in studying circulating miRNA. In fact, while we are confident that in the case of miR-340 the main key limiting factor for the absence of modulation in glioma is the small sample size of the Dong et al. study (miRNA profiles from only 3 circulating blood samples of GBM patients and 3 matched healthy controls) for the other selected miRNAs the conflicting results may resides on the many factors that can affect the analysis and the evaluation of circulating miRNAs expression [25, 39].
A major obstacle to the translation of circulating miRNAs from laboratory studies into the clinic is the lack of consistent and robust results with many apparently contradictory reports in the literature . A likely reason for this lack of reproducibility is that there are very few multi-center studies, and cohorts are often insufficiently powered. Another confounding factor is the fact that there is a high degree of inter-individual variability in the levels of circulating miRNAs, even when focusing only on healthy populations . Moreover, there is a technical source of variation between studies, such as the starting material used for the experiments (e.g., the choice of use serum or plasma, the RNA extraction method, the normalization, etc.), the technological platforms [e.g., microarray, qRT-PCR vs. next generation sequencing (NGS) etc.], and the differing statistical methodologies used.
Diagnostic accuracy of serum miR-497 and miR-125b
The cut-off used to identify patients with modulated miRNAs were obtained from the ROC curves shown in Fig. 2a and b. Our analysis indicate that no substantial improvement in the diagnostic performance was observed between single or combined use of the two miRNAs (Fig. 2c). This is mainly due to the excellent performance of miR-497 (AUC = 0.870) that flattens the result of miR-125b (AUC = 0.750) which however remain a good marker. Nevertheless, taking into account the patients with an expression level of miRNAs lower than the cut-off value, the number of subjects belonging to the group of GBMs is significantly higher than the number of patients affected from glioma GII/III (Fig. 2d). This difference can be observed for both miR-497 and -125b and is more evident if we take into consideration the patients with both miRNAs down-regulated.
Systematic review of the diagnostic value of miR-497 and miR-125b in tumors
Studies included in the systematic review
↓ tumors vs controls
Zhang et al.
↓ high-grades vs low-grades
↑tumors vs controls
Achberger et al.
↓tumors vs controls
Alegre et al.
↓ tumors vs controls
Nie et al.
↑ late stages vs controls
Wang et al.
↑ late stages vs early stages
↓ tumors vs controls
Erbes et al.
↑ tumors vs controls
Mar-Aguilar et al.
↑ tumors vs controls
Matamala et al.
Non-small-cell lung cancer
↑ tumorsvs controls
Yuxia et al.
↑ late stages vs early stages
Non-small-cell lung cancer
↑ tumors vs controls
Zhao et al.
↑ late stages vs early stages
Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
↑ tumors vs controls
Yuan et al.
Laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma
↓ tumors vs controls
Ayaz et al.
↓ tumors vs controls
Wei et al.
↓ high-grades vs low-grades
↑ tumors vs controls
Yamada et al.
↓ tumors vs controls
Du et al.
↓ tumors vs controls
Yang et al.
↓ tumors vs controls
Wang et al.
↓ tumors vs controls
Kong et al.
↑ tumors vs controls
Zhang et al.
MiR-497 is organized in a cluster with miR-195, located on chromosome 17p13.1 . It belongs to the miR-15/107 family whose members share the same seed sequence end are widely expressed in many human tissues  and in particular in brain tissues miR-497 has been reported expressed and functionally relevant in mouse . Its role in cancer has been investigated in many tumor tissues and cell lines [63, 66–68]. In the majority of these studies miR-497 is reported to have a tumor suppressor activity and regulates numerous pathways involved in cellular proliferation, migration, invasion and in angiogenesis [60, 66, 67] For example this miRNA is dowregulated in bladder cancer where it represses the inhibitor of apoptosis BIRC5 . Moreover it inhibits angiogenesis and metastasis formation in a murin model of hepatocellular carcinoma through direct repression of VEGFA and AEG-1 protein level . So far very few studies have been conducted about the role of miR-497 in gliomas. Lan et al. reported it overexpressed in glioma tissues and cell lines in response to hypoxia and observed a relationship between miR-497 upregulation and resistance to temozolomide . On the other hand this miRNA, thanks to its repressive action on VEGFA, seems to mediate the inhibition of glioblastoma tissue vascularisation determined by ginsenoide Rh2 in an in vivo murine model . According to our systematic review, miR-497 expression in biofluids appears to be so far less investigated than miR-125b, the other miRNA evaluated in the present study. All the studies shown in Table 2 are conducted on blood samples and the majority of them report miR-497 to be downregulated in patients compared to healthy controls [26, 59–61]. In the experiments performed by Yang et al. in astrocytoma patients miR-497 appears to be underexpressed in GBM serum samples in accordance with our results .
Regarding miR-125b, naturally express at high levels in brain tissue and in the ovarian tissue , it is highly conserved among mammals, vertebrates and nematodes . In humans, as in most of the genomes, there are two paralogs (hsa-miR-125b-1 on chromosome 11 and hsa-miR-125b-2 on chromosome 21), coding for the same mature sequence. MiR-125b-2 is organized in a cluster with miR-99a and let-7c .
MiR-125b has been observed to be deregulated in solid tumors, for example it is overexpressed in prostate , colorectal cancers  and non-small-cell lung cancers , whereas it is downregulated in breast , oral cancers , melanoma , hepatocellular , thyroid anaplastic carcinomas , and bladder cancer . The role of miR-125b in gliomas appears to be controversial. While it is described as an oncogene [83, 84] it is reported also to be downregulated in glioma stem cells and to have an anti-angiogenic role . This controversial role is described also in the studies about miR-125b expression in biofluids [32, 46–58]. In accordance with our data, experiments conducted in glioma from Wei et al. report miR-125b to be downregulated in serum tumor samples . Surprisingly, in our cohort of subjects, the expression of miR-125b in not correlated with that of the other members of the cluster, miR-99a and let-7c. This could be explained by the fact that the same mature form of miR-125b is encoded not only in the let-7c cluster but also in another locus on chromosome 11. Interestingly, in the context of bliofluids, the expression of miR-125b seems to be dependent not only from the type of tumor but also from the kind of biofluid examined: as an example in three out of four studies concerning breast cancer, conducted on blood derived biofluids, miR-125b is reported to be upregulated in serum tumor samples [50, 52, 53], while it is described as downregulated in the only study conducted on urine . This dependence of miRNA expression on the biofluid type has already been described for other miRNAs . Moreover, miR-125b seems to have a possible dual role depending on the type or cellular context: it can act as both an oncomiR or a tumor suppressor miR by targeting tumor suppressor genes or oncogenes respectively. For example, on the one hand miR-125b targets multiple genes involved in the p53 pathway and induces a blockage of apoptosis in human neuroblastoma cells [29, 71, 86], on the other hand it can negatively affects the expression of proteins involved in the regulation of cellular proliferation as E2F3, ERBB2/3  or the anti-apoptotic protein Bcl2 , suggesting an oncosuppressive role. Thus, the results of our systematic review join a current trend to include circulating miR-497 and miR-125b as good non-invasive diagnostic biomarkers for several tumors [32, 47, 60]as they appear to be deregulated in association with a variety of cancer types. This is valid also in the case of miR-125b whose direction of deregulation could be different in different kinds of tumor, due to the dual role of this miRNA as oncomiR or tumor suppressor depending on cellular type or context [71, 76].
Although multiple biomarkers are currently leveraged in the clinic to detect specific cancer types, no such standard blood biomolecules have been identified in glioma patients [9, 10]. Thus, it is clear that identification of new molecular glioma biomarkers with the aim of developing minimally invasive tests for the detection and monitoring of glioma patients are demanded.
In this study we underlined the role of serum miR-497 and -125b as diagnostic markers and as mirrors of tissue miRNA level in gliomas thus suggesting the clinical potential of these miRNAs to discriminate with high sensitivity and specificity the GBM from lower grade gliomas. Nevertheless, challenges remain before miR-497 and -125b are leveraged as bona fide biomarkers in glioma cancers and further investigation from larger independent studies is needed to unveil their clinical relevance.
AUC, area under the curve; CI, confidence interval; Ct, cycle threshold; FFPE, Formalin-fixation and paraffin-embedding; GBM, glioblastoma multiforme; miRNA, microRNA; MRI, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging; NGS, next generation sequencing; qRT-PCR, quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction; ROC, receiver operating characteristic; RT, room temperature; WHO, World health organization
We acknowledge Dr. Silvia Bacchetti for helpful comments on the manuscript.
Supported by grants : Intramural research funds; Translational Group (TG) to CC, MGR and MC. Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC to GP IG13234).
GR is a PhD student at University of Rome “Sapienza” and an Intramural funds (TG brain tumors) Fellow.
GR performed experiments, with contribution of MS and LC; IT performed and analyzed results of statistical analyses with contribution of FS; GC contributed to the search of information for the systematic review. CC, VV and MC collected serum and tissues and management of patient’s samples data base. GP contributed to the interpretation of the results. AP and MGR designed the study, critically interpreted the results and wrote the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
GR:PhD student for the Program in Molecular Medicine- Dept of Research, Advanced Diagnostics and Technological Innovation, Genomic and Epigenetic Unit, Translational Research Area, Regina Elena National Cancer Institute
IT: PhD- Biostatistical Unit,
MS: PhD- Dept of Research, Advanced Diagnostics and Technological Innovation, Genomic and Epigenetic Unit, Translational Research Area,
MC: MD- Dept of Research, Advanced Diagnostics and Technological Innovation, Pathology Unit
GC: Senior Staff Librarian-Digital library, Knowledge Center “Riccardo Maceratini” and Patient LibraryLC: PhD- Dept of Research, Advanced Diagnostics and Technological Innovation, Translational Research Area,
FS: PhD- Biostatistical Unit
CC: MD- Dept of Clinical and Experimental Oncology–Neurosurgery
GP: PhD- Dept of Research, Advanced Diagnostics and Technological Innovation, Translational Research Area
AP: PhD- Dept of Research, Advanced Diagnostics and Technological Innovation, Genomic and Epigenetic Unit, Translational Research Area,
MGR: PhD- Dept of Research, Advanced Diagnostics and Technological Innovation, Genomic and Epigenetic Unit, Translational Research Area,
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
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