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Predictive value of LncRNA on coronary restenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with coronary heart disease

A protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis

Liu, Shengxiang MM; Yang, Guokang MM; Huang, Yupeng MM; Zhang, Cheng MM; Jin, Hongyan MM

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doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000024114
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1 Introduction

As a common cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease poses a serious threat to human health.[1] Percutaneous coronary intervention is an effective technique for clinical treatment of coronary heart disease, and can greatly improve the survival rate of patients with coronary heart disease.[2,3] However, the problem of in-stent restenosis seriously influences the effect of percutaneous coronary intervention, which still perplexes clinical workers.[4] More than 98% non-protein coding RNA and nucleotides in human genome are long-stranded non-coding RNA (LncRNA) with more than 200 nucleotides that can regulate myocardial hypertrophy, myocardial fibrosis and cardiomyocyte apoptosis.[5–7]

Previous studies have proved the abnormal expression of LncRNA in patients with coronary restenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention, indicating the potential diagnostic value of LncRNA.[8–11] Nonetheless, the inadequate sample size, inconsistent subjects or diverse detection techniques lead to considerable discrepancy among those studies and inconsistent results. In this study, we evaluated current literatures that focus on the association between LncRNA and coronary artery restenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention by meta-analysis.

2 Methods

2.1 Study registration

The protocol of the systematic review has been registered on Open Science Framework (registration number: DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/4QT2P). It was reported following the guideline of Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and MetaAnalysis Protocol statement.[12]

2.2 Inclusion criteria for study selection

2.2.1 Type of studies

To explore the diagnostic value of LncRNA on the diagnosis of coronary artery restenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention.

2.2.2 Type of participants

All patients with coronary heart disease after percutaneous coronary intervention were included in this review, regardless gender, age, and population.

2.2.3 Type of index test

Index test: LncRNA was applied to detect patients with coronary restenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention. However, we excluded case reports, reviews, cell, or animal studies.

2.2.4 Outcome measurements

Outcomes include Pooled sensitivity (SEN), specificity (SPE), positive likelihood ratio (PLR), negative likelihood ratio (NLR), diagnostic odds ratio (DOR), area under the curve (AUC), and their 95% confidence intervals (CIs).

2.3 Data sources and search strategy

This study conducted a literature search in PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, and Web of Science. We made a final search on December 4, 2020. The search strategy of Pubmed is displayed in Table 1. We adopted similar retrieval strategies for other electronic databases.

Table 1 - Search Strategy (PubMed).
Number Search terms
1 Coronary Disease[MeSH]
2 Coronary Heart Disease[Title/Abstract]
3 Coronary Diseases[Title/Abstract]
4 Coronary Heart Diseases[Title/Abstract]
5 Disease, Coronary[Title/Abstract]
6 Disease, Coronary Heart[Title/Abstract]
7 Diseases, Coronary[Title/Abstract]
8 Diseases, Coronary Heart[Title/Abstract]
9 Heart Disease, Coronary[Title/Abstract]
10 Heart Diseases, Coronary[Title/Abstract]
11 or/1–10
12 Percutaneous Coronary Intervention[MeSH]
13 Percutaneous Coronary Revascularization[Title/Abstract]
14 Coronary Intervention, Percutaneous[Title/Abstract]
15 Coronary Interventions, Percutaneous[Title/Abstract]
16 Coronary Revascularization, Percutaneous[Title/Abstract]
17 Coronary Revascularizations, Percutaneous[Title/Abstract]
18 Intervention, Percutaneous Coronary[Title/Abstract]
19 Interventions, Percutaneous Coronary[Title/Abstract]
20 Percutaneous Coronary Interventions[Title/Abstract]
21 Percutaneous Coronary Revascularizations[Title/Abstract]
22 Revascularization, Percutaneous Coronary[Title/Abstract]
23 Revascularizations, Percutaneous Coronary[Title/Abstract]
24 or/12–23
25 Coronary Restenosis[MeSH]
26 Coronary Restenoses[Title/Abstract]
27 Restenoses, Coronary[Title/Abstract]
28 Restenosis, Coronary[Title/Abstract]
29 or/25–28
30 Long-stranded non-coding RNA
31 LncRNA
32 or/30–31
33 diagnos
34 sensitivity
35 specificity
36 ROC curve
37 or/33–36
38 11 and 24 and 29 and 32 and 37

2.4 Data collection and analysis

2.4.1 Study selection

Two reviewers will screen the titles and abstracts independently. Afterwards, according to the inclusion criteria, the full text of potential studies will be retrieved for further selection. Any disagreements will be resolved by a third researcher. The screening flow chart of this study is demonstrated in Figure 1.

Figure 1
Figure 1:
Flow diagram showing literature filtration process.

2.4.2 Data extraction

Two reviewers independently extracted the data with a standardized form and the data were confirmed by a third researcher. In case of missing or unclear information, we contacted the authors to clarify them. The data extraction form includes following items: first author, publication year, regions, sample size, sample types, control group, studied LncRNA, LncRNA detection methods, and data needed for diagnostic meta-analysis.

2.5 Quality assessment

The methodological quality of the included studies was assessed following Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies-2 (QUADAS-2) criteria. The tool consists of four key domains: patient selection, index test, reference standard, and flow and timing, aiming to evaluate the risk of the bias and concerns about clinic applicability of all included publications. Two reviewers independently and blindly checked the studies. Any discrepancies between the two reviewers were resolved by consensus.

2.6 Statistical analysis

All of the above statistical analysis was performed with Stata 14.0 (Stata Corp, College Station, TX). We calculated the pooled SEN, SPE, PLR, NLR, DOR, and their 95% CI. In addition, the pooled diagnostic value of LncRNA through the summary receiver operating characteristic curve (SROC) and AUC was tested. The threshold effects were tested by using spearman correlation coefficient. The calculation of heterogeneity was caused by the non-threshold effect of Cochrane-Q and I2 values, and a fixed effect model (without obvious inhomogeneity) or a random effects model (with significant heterogeneity) was employed to merge the data. The statistical test level was α = 0.05.

2.7 Subgroup analysis

In order to further investigate potential heterogeneity, subgroup analyses were carried out based on ethnicity, LncRNA type, source of LncRNA, and sample size.

2.8 Sensitivity analysis

We conducted a sensitivity analysis to evaluate the robustness of our analysis.

2.9 Reporting bias

The Deeks symmetry test was carried out to detect whether there is a publication bias in the included studies.

2.10 Ethics and dissemination

The content of this article does not involve moral approval or ethical review and will be presented in print or at relevant conferences.

3 Discussion

LncRNA can regulate gene expression at the transcriptional and post-transcriptional level, participate in the growth and development of the body, and maintain at a relatively stable level, and its abnormal expression is abnormal in malignant tumors, cardiovascular, nervous system and other diseases. It has been reported that it can be regarded as a diagnostic marker and therapeutic target.[13–16] LncRNA may participate in the process of atherosclerosis by regulating the proliferation and apoptosis of vascular smooth muscle cells. Meanwhile, it may be one of the mechanisms of genetic susceptibility to coronary heart disease, and can provide a basis for the early screening of coronary heart disease.[17,18] Although many studies indicated abnormal LncRNA expression in patients with coronary restenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention, a systematic review and meta-analysis will be warranted to compile and synthesize the available data to address some of the questions.

This is the first meta-analysis to comprehensively search and summarize the evidence of the effect of LncRNA on the diagnosis of coronary restenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with coronary heart disease. The results of this review could provide clinical evidence and represent a possibility and future direction of coronary restenosis after percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with coronary heart disease diagnosis.

Author contributions

Data curation: Shengxiang Liu, Guokang Yang.

Methodology: Cheng Zhang.

Project administration: Hongyan Jin.

Software: Guokang Yang, Yupeng Huang.

Validation: Yupeng Huang.

Visualization: Shengxiang Liu.

Writing – original draft: Hongyan Jin, Shengxiang Liu.

Writing – review & editing: Hongyan Jin, Shengxiang Liu.


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biomarker; coronary heart disease; coronary restenosis; diagnosis; long-stranded non-coding RNA; meta-analysis; percutaneous coronary intervention

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