Distinct microRNA (miRNA) and mRNA signatures were reported in nucleophosmin (NPM1)-mutated acute myeloid leukemia (AML). However, it remains unknown whether the mutation participates in the dynamic interaction between miRNA and mRNA. In this study, we aimed to investigate the role of NPM1 mutation in modulating miRNA-mRNA regulation (MMR). From the sample-paired miRNA/mRNA microarrays of 181 de novo AML patients, we found that MMR was dynamic and could be affected by NPM1 mutation. By a systematic framework, we identified 493 NPM1 mutation-modulated MMR pairs, where the strength of MMR was significantly attenuated in patients carrying NPM1 mutations, compared to those with wild-type NPM1. These miRNAs/mRNAs were associated with pathways implicated in cancer and known functions of NPM1 mutation. Such modulation of MMR was validated in two independent cohorts as well as in cells with different NPM1 mutant burdens. Furthermore, we showed that the regulatory strength of nine MMR pairs could predict patients' outcomes. Combining these pairs, a scoring system was proposed and shown to predict survival in discovery and validation data sets, independent of other known prognostic factors. Our study provides novel biological insights into the role of NPM1 mutation as a modulator of MMR, based on which a novel prognostic marker is proposed in AML.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research