Preoperative Typing of Thyroid and Parathyroid Tumors with a Combined Molecular Classifier

Sergei E. Titov, Evgeniya S. Kozorezova, Pavel S. Demenkov, Yulia A. Veryaskina, Irina V. Kuznetsova, Sergey L. Vorobyev, Roman A. Chernikov, Ilya V. Sleptsov, Nataliya I. Timofeeva, Mikhail K. Ivanov

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In previous studies, we described a method for detecting and typing malignant tumors of the thyroid gland in fine-needle aspiration biopsy samples via analysis of a molecular marker panel (normalized HMGA2 mRNA level; normalized microRNA-146b,-221, and-375 levels; mitochondrialto-nuclear DNA ratio; and BRAFV600E mutation) in cytological preparations by quantitative PCR. In the present study, we aimed to estimate the specificity of the typing of different thyroid tumors by the proposed method. Fine-needle aspiration cytological preparations from 278 patients were used. The histological diagnosis was known for each sample. The positive and negative predictive values of the method assessed in this study were, respectively, 100% and 98% for papillary thyroid carcinoma (n = 63), 100% and 100% for medullary thyroid carcinoma (n = 19), 43.5% and 98% for follicular carcinoma (n = 15), and 86% and 100% for Hürthle cell carcinoma (n = 6). Thus, we demonstrate that the diagnostic panel, including the analysis of microRNA expression, mRNA expression, the BRAFV600E mutation, and the mitochondrial-to-nuclear DNA ratio, allows the highly accurate identification of papillary thyroid carcinoma, medullary thyroid carcinoma, and Hürthle cell carcinoma but not malignant follicular tumors (positive predictive value was below 50%).

Original languageEnglish
Article number237
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2021


  • HMGA2
  • MicroRNA
  • Mitochondrial DNA
  • Molecular marker
  • Parathyroid adenoma
  • Preoperative diagnosis
  • Thyroid carcinoma
  • mitochondrial DNA
  • preoperative diagnosis
  • parathyroid adenoma
  • thyroid carcinoma
  • molecular marker
  • microRNA


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