Logo Annals of Transplantation Logo Annals of Transplantation Logo Annals of Transplantation

24 October 2017 : Original article  

Negative Correlation Between Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and Let-7 MicroRNA Family in Transplanted Livers: The Role of rs868 Single-Nucleotide Polymorphism

Emir Ahmed Sajjad1ABCDEFG*, Marek Radkowski2ABCDE, Agnieszka Perkowska-Ptasińska3BD, Marek Pacholczyk4B, Magdalena Durlik3D, Mikołaj Fedorowicz1ABD, Renata Pietrzak1BCD, Bogna Ziarkiewicz-Wróblewska5CD, Paweł Włodarski1CD, Jacek Malejczyk1D

DOI: 10.12659/AOT.905540

Ann Transplant 2017; 22:638-645


BACKGROUND: Genetic alterations of TGF-β pathway members, including its transmembrane receptor, TGFBR1, may influence the course of HCV infection. Rs868 is a single-nucleotide polymorphism of the 3’UTR region of TGFBR1, located in a binding site for the conserved let-7/miR98 microRNA family. Previously, we demonstrated a favorable course of hepatitis C recurrence after liver transplantation in rs868 AG genotype of the transplanted liver when compared to rs868 AA. The aim of the present study was to confirm the biological effect of rs868.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: HepG2 cell line was transfected with luciferase vectors cloned with 3’UTR of TGFBR1 gene encompassing different rs868 alleles. Post-transplant liver biopsies from 61 patients with HCV-related end-stage liver disease were evaluated histopathologically and analyzed for the expression of TGFBR1 mRNA, let-7/miR98 microRNAs, HCV RNA load, and rs868 genotype.

RESULTS: Luciferase expression was significantly lower in the A allele-containing vector. TGFBR1 mRNA and HCV RNA load were correlated negatively with let-7/miR98 microRNAs and this correlation was significantly stronger for rs868 AG compared to AA genotype. A strong positive correlation was demonstrated between TGFBR1 and HCV in both genotypes. In AG heterozygotes, let-7/miR98 microRNAs showed a strong negative correlation with periportal or periseptal interface hepatitis (Ishak A score).

CONCLUSIONS: There is a negative correlation between let-7/miR98 microRNAs and HCV viral load and TGFBR1 mRNA after liver transplantation. In the rs868 AG heterozygotes, this correlation was stronger and there was a negative correlation between let-7/miR98 and Ishak A score, which is in concordance with the previously demonstrated protective role of this genotype in post-transplant hepatitis C recurrence.

Keywords: Hepacivirus, Liver Transplantation

Add Comment 0 Comments

In Press

06 Feb 2024 : Case report  

Successful Sequential Liver and Isolated Intestine Transplantation for Mitochondrial Neurogastrointestinal ...

Ann Transplant In Press; DOI: 10.12659/AOT.941881  

12 Feb 2024 : Original article  

No Prognostic Impact of Graft-to-Recipient Weight Ratio on Hepatocellular Carcinoma Recurrence Following Li...

Ann Transplant In Press; DOI: 10.12659/AOT.942767  

21 Feb 2024 : Original article  

Use of LCP-Tacrolimus (LCPT) in Kidney Transplantation: A Delphi Consensus Survey of Expert Clinicians

Ann Transplant In Press; DOI: 10.12659/AOT.943498  

Most Viewed Current Articles

05 Apr 2022 : Original article  

Impact of Statins on Hepatocellular Carcinoma Recurrence After Living-Donor Liver Transplantation

DOI :10.12659/AOT.935604

Ann Transplant 2022; 27:e935604

12 Jan 2022 : Original article  

Risk Factors for Developing BK Virus-Associated Nephropathy: A Single-Center Retrospective Cohort Study of ...

DOI :10.12659/AOT.934738

Ann Transplant 2022; 27:e934738

22 Nov 2022 : Original article  

Long-Term Effects of Everolimus-Facilitated Tacrolimus Reduction in Living-Donor Liver Transplant Recipient...

DOI :10.12659/AOT.937988

Ann Transplant 2022; 27:e937988

15 Mar 2022 : Case report  

Combined Liver, Pancreas-Duodenum, and Kidney Transplantation for Patients with Hepatitis B Cirrhosis, Urem...

DOI :10.12659/AOT.935860

Ann Transplant 2022; 27:e935860

Your Privacy

We use cookies to ensure the functionality of our website, to personalize content and advertising, to provide social media features, and to analyze our traffic. If you allow us to do so, we also inform our social media, advertising and analysis partners about your use of our website, You can decise for yourself which categories you you want to deny or allow. Please note that based on your settings not all functionalities of the site are available. View our privacy policy.

Annals of Transplantation eISSN: 2329-0358
Annals of Transplantation eISSN: 2329-0358