Finsterer and Zarrouk-Mahjoub Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases (2018) 13:87 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13023-018-0831-5 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Open Access MicroRNAs are inappropriate for characterising hearing impairment in mitochondrial disorders 1* 2 Josef Finsterer and Sinda Zarrouk-Mahjoub Keywords: Mitochondrial, Hereditary neuropathy, Phenotype, Genotype, Multisystem disease, Lactic acidosis Letter to the Editor why central causes of hypoacusis should be always We read with interest the review by Di Stadio et al. considered. Were central causes of hearing impair- about microRNAs (miRs) for the diagnostic work-up of ment excluded in all studies cited in the review hypoacusis in MELAS . It was suspected that article? miR-34a, miR-29b, miR-299-3p, and miR-431 can be miRs are currently pushed and endeavoured as bio- useful as biomarkers for detecting and characterising markers or as etiologic or pathogenic factors of various inner ear involvement in MELAS . We have the different disorders. However, miR levels are not only following comments and concerns. abnormal in genetic and inflammatory diseases or ageing We do not agree with the statement that “MELAS but also in malignancies (e.g. prostate cancer), metabolic shows the highest incidence of hearing loss” among conditions (e.g. diabetes), or neurodegenerative disorders mitochondrial disorders . There is another specific (e.g. ALS) . For example, miR-29b has been involved mitochondrial syndrome in which per definition in the etiology of prostate cancer , miR-34a promotes every patient presents with hearing impairment, cell cycle arrest and apoptosis and suppresses cell known as maternally inherited diabetes and deafness adhesion in osteosarcoma , miR-299-3p has been (MIDD) . Additionally, hypoacusis is frequently shown to promote cell growth and to regulate G1/S found coenzyme-Q deficiency [3, 4]. transition in promyelocytic leukemia , and miR-431 We also do not agree with the statement that “coch- is known to regulate axon regeneration in mature lear conduction cannot be responsible for hearing impair- sensory neurons . ment in MELAS” . Mitochondria are present in nearly Additionally, miR levels may not only be influenced all cell types in high amounts, except for erythrocytes. by various pathologic conditions but also affected by Mitochondrial disorders (MIDs), including MELAS, may a number of drugs, such as statins . Thus, we even manifest in the bone marrow, presenting as Pearson should be informed about the current medication of syndrome or other types of anemia  and, additionally, patients discussed in Dr. Di Stadio’sreview. It is also in sensory cells of the cochlea and mucosal cells of essential that we know how many of the discussed which the middle ear is fully lined with. patients had diabetes, a frequent manifestation of Hearing impairment in MIDs may not only be due MIDs, including MELAS. to a peripheral perception or conduction problem The authors also do not address the effect of hetero- but also due to a central conduction or processing plasmy on miR levels and on the variable phenotypes of defect. The organ most frequently affected in temporal bones and the cochlea. Also the influence of MELAS is the brain (epilepsy, stroke-like episodes, ageing on the miRs levels was not discussed. We should basal ganglia calcification, ataxia,atrophy,confusion, be informed about the age range of the included patients dementia, psychosis, leukoencephalopathy), this is and if miR levels were dependent on age. Overall, it remains speculative if miRs influence the * Correspondence: email@example.com phenotype of patients carrying mutations in the Krankenanstalt Rudolfstiftung, Postfach 20, 1180 Vienna, Austria mtDNA or whether they reflect disease activity or Full list of author information is available at the end of the article © The Author(s). 2018 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated. 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