MicroRNA Levels in Exhaled Breath Condensate of Patients with Esophageal Atresia.

Soyer T., Birben E., Türer Ö., Kahveci M., Tuğcu G., Soyer Ö., ...More

Diseases of the esophagus : official journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus, vol.34, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are noncoding RNAs that play an important role in the regulation of inflammation and have not been evaluated in exhaled breath condensates (EBC) of patients with esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula (EA-TEF). It is aimed to evaluate the levels of miRNA-21 and miRNA-24 in EBC of patients with EA-TEF. Patients who received surgery for EA-TEF (EA) were assessed for age, sex, types of anomaly, surgical treatments, and respiratory problems. A 500-1000 mL of EBC was obtained from each participant with EcoScreen. The levels of miRNA-21 and miRNA-24 in the EBC were analyzed by real-time polymerase chain reaction and compared between the EA group and the control group consisting of healthy children with no history of respiratory problems = 17). The levels of miRNAs in relation to respiratory problems and gastroesophageal reflux (GER) were also assessed. A total of 19 patients were enrolled in the EA group with a mean age of 7.8 +/- 3.2 years and a male-to-female ratio of 10:9 EA cases had significantly lower levels of miRNA-21 (P < 0.05) compared to that in control group. The miRNA-24 levels did not differ between groups (P > 0.05). EA patients with positive pH testing for GER = 6) and fundoplication = 6) had higher levels of miRNA-21 than those with normal pH testing and without fundoplication, respectively = 13, P < 0.05). The levels of miRNA-21 and miRNA-24 did not differ between patients with and without proton pump inhibitor treatment (P > 0.05). The lower levels of miRNA-21 in the EBC of EA patients suggest a hyperreactive airway problem, which may be associated with GER and its surgical treatment.