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Comparing efficiency of micro-RNA and mRNA biomarker liberation with microbubble-enhanced ultrasound exposure.

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Contributors: Robert Paproski, PhD
Ultrasound Med Biol. 2014 Sep;40(9):2207-16. doi: 10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2014.05.005. Epub 2014 Jul 9.

Abstract

Blood biomarkers are potentially powerful diagnostic tools that are limited clinically by low concentrations, the inability to determine biomarker origin and unknown patient baseline. Recently, ultrasound has been shown to liberate proteins and large mRNA biomarkers, overcoming many of these limitations. We have since demonstrated that adding lipid-stabilized microbubbles elevates mRNA concentration an order of magnitude compared with ultrasound without microbubbles, in vitro. Unfortunately the large size of some mRNA molecules may limit efficiency of release and hinder efficacy as an ultrasound-liberated biomarker. We hypothesize that smaller molecules will be released more efficiently with ultrasound than larger molecules. Although investigation of large libraries of biomarkers should be performed to fully validate this hypothesis, we focus on a small subset of mRNA and micro-RNAs. Specifically, we focus on miR-21 (22 base pairs [bp]), which is upregulated in certain forms of cancer, compared with previously investigated mammaglobin mRNA (502 bp). We also report release of micro-RNA miR-155 (22 bp) and housekeeping rRNA S18 (1869 bp). More than 10 million additional miR-21 copies per 100,000 cells are released with ultrasound-microbubble exposure. The low- molecular-weight miR-21 proved to be liberated 50 times more efficiently than high-molecular-weight mammaglobin mRNA, releasing orders of magnitude more miR-21 than mammaglobin mRNA under comparable conditions.

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Member of the APCaRI Training Program will present a poster at CARO ASM 2017 – Toronto

Congratulations to Dr. Deepak Dinakaran for getting his abstract “Comparison of Post-Radiotherapy Prostate Specific Antigen drop kinetics between External Beam Radiotherapy and Brachytherapy” accepted as a poster presentation at the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology Annual Scientific Meeting (CARO ASM) 2017.

The 2017 CARO Annual Scientific Meeting will be held at the Hilton Toronto in Toronto, ON September 13-16, 2017.  This conference is for Radiation Oncologists, Medical Physicists, Radiation Therapists, Basic Science Researchers, Oncology Nurses, Administrators, as well as their trainees. All healthcare professionals involved in the care of oncology patients are also welcome to attend.

Dr. Dinakaran extracted and analyzed clinical data from the Alberta Prostate Cancer Registry for this study.

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