MicroRNAs (miRNAs, miRs) are small non‐coding RNAs that mainly function in the post‐transcriptional regulation of genes. miRNA that is secreted outside of cells, and which circulates in the peripheral blood, is called circulating microRNA. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a typical autoimmune connective tissue disease and is mainly treated with immunosuppressive drugs. Therapeutic apheresis is often used to eliminate autoantibodies and cytokines. We have previously shown that circulating miRNAs in the blood of patients with SLE can be separated and removed from the blood using a plasma separation membrane. In the present study, we further separated circulating miRNA from three SLE patient's blood plasma by passing it through a plasma adsorption membrane, and then measured changes in miRNA levels using miRNAs microarray chip. Although the levels of many miRNAs were unaffected after passage through the plasma adsorption membrane, expression of some miRNAs, including miR‐1246, miR‐4732‐5p, and miR‐6088 are declined.
Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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