miRNA analysis to discover fracture related biomarkers 2

AO Trauma


Biomarkers predictive of fracture healing outcomes would provide a useful tool to allow surgeons to proactively make patient based clinical decisions. Currently, even in high risk groups, there are no accurate ways to determine the potential of a particular patients risk of delayed or non-union. Development of a predictive tool would enable more reliable patient stratification, thus allowing for earlier diagnosis and increasing the potential success of additional early interventions by the surgeon.




In a previous AOTrauma project (MiDiag) we investigated and correlated changes in small non-coding RNA profiles in fracture patients and during osteogenic differentiation.  A panel of prospective markers were identified, and this now requires further validation. In addition, we aim to use the methods developed, and the database of patient serum non-coding RNA created, to further investigate markers that are mechanically regulated and would be associated with secondary bone healing.

  • Publication

    Della Bella E, Menzel U, Basoli V, Tourbier C, Alini M, Stoddart MJ. Differential Regulation of circRNA, miRNA, and piRNA during Early Osteogenic and Chondrogenic Differentiation of Human Mesenchymal Stromal Cells. Cells. 2020, 9(2):398. doi: 10.3390/cells9020398

    Manuel Herzog. Identification of microRNAs involved in mechanically driven differentiation of human mesenchymal stromal cells. Master of Science ETH in Health Sciences and Technology (MSc ETH HST). March 2021. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Marcy Zenobi-Wong, ETH Zurich; Prof. Dr. Martin Stoddart, AO Research Institute Davos.

  • Partners

    Stefano Zaffagnini (Prof), Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute, Bologna, Italy.

    Georg Philipp Mattiassich (Priv. Doz. Dr.), Klinik Diakonissen, Schladming, Austria