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Retraction Note: Down-regulation of miR-133a and miR-539 are associated with unfavorable prognosis in patients suffering from osteosarcoma

  • Alireza Mirghasemi1,
  • Afshin Taheriazam2,
  • Seyyed Hasan Karbasy3,
  • Ali Torkaman4,
  • Mohammadreza Shakeri5,
  • Emad Yahaghi6 and
  • Aram Mokarizadeh7Email author
Cancer Cell International201616:84

Received: 20 October 2016

Accepted: 20 October 2016

Published: 4 November 2016

The original article was published in Cancer Cell International 2015 15:86

Retraction to: Cancer Cell Int (2015) 15:86 DOI 10.1186/s12935-015-0237-6

The Editors-in-Chief and Publisher have retracted this article [1] because the scientific integrity of the content cannot be guaranteed. An investigation by the Publisher found it to be one of a group of articles we have identified as showing evidence suggestive of attempts to subvert the peer review and publication system to inappropriately obtain or allocate authorship. This article showed evidence of plagiarism (most notably from the articles cited [2, 3]) and authorship manipulation.



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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Orthopedics, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran
Department of Orthopedics Surgery, Tehran Medical Sciences Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
Department of Anesthesiology, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran
Department of Orthopedics, Firoozgar Hospital, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran
Department of Molecular Biology, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Cellular & Molecular Research Center, Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences, Sanandaj, Iran


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