Rheumatology International

, Volume 29, Issue 7, pp 749–754 | Cite as

Comprehensive analysis of microRNA expression patterns in renal biopsies of lupus nephritis patients

  • Yong Dai
  • Weiguo Sui
  • Huijuan Lan
  • Qiang Yan
  • He Huang
  • YuanShuai HuangEmail author
Original Article


MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are noncoding RNA molecules of 21–24 nt that regulate the expression of target genes in a post-transcriptional manner. Evidence indicates that miRNAs play essential roles in embryogenesis, cell differentiation, and pathogenesis of human diseases. This study describes a comparison between the miRNA profile of kidney biopsies from lupus nephritis (LN) patients and the controls, to develop further understanding of the pathogenesis of LN. Kidney biopsies were taken from five LN patients detected LN Class II and three normal controls. The miRNA microarray chip analysis identified 66 miRNAs differentially expressed in LN. The chip results were confirmed by QRT-PCR. This work indicates that miRNAs are potential diagnosis biomarkers and probable factors involved in the pathogenesis of LN.


MicroRNA Microarray Lupus nephritis Human 



The authors thank the patients with LN and renal tumor who participated in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yong Dai
    • 1
  • Weiguo Sui
    • 2
  • Huijuan Lan
    • 2
  • Qiang Yan
    • 2
  • He Huang
    • 2
  • YuanShuai Huang
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.The Second Clinical Medical CollegeJinan University, Shenzhen People’s HospitalGuangdong ProvinceChina
  2. 2.Kidney Transplantation and Hemo Purification CenterGuangxi ProvinceChina
  3. 3.Key Laboratory of Laboratory Medical Diagnostics, Ministry of EducationChongqing Medical UniversityChongqingChina

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