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MicroRNA-133b targets glutathione S-transferase π expression to increase ovarian cancer cell sensitivity to chemotherapy drugs

Authors Chen S, Jiao J, Sun K, Zong Z, Zhao Y

Received 31 May 2015

Accepted for publication 17 August 2015

Published 16 September 2015 Volume 2015:9 Pages 5225—5235

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/DDDT.S87526

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Wei Duan


Shuo Chen,1 Jin-Wen Jiao,2 Kai-Xuan Sun,1 Zhi-Hong Zong,3 Yang Zhao1

1Department of Gynecology, The First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Gynecology, The Affiliated Hospital of Medical College, Qingdao University, Qingdao, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Basic Medicine, China Medical University, Shenyang, People’s Republic of China

Background: Accumulating studies reveal that aberrant microRNA (miRNA) expression can affect the development of chemotherapy drug resistance by modulating the expression of relevant target proteins. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of miR-133b in the development of drug resistance in ovarian cancer cells.
Methods: We examined the levels of miR-133b expression in ovarian carcinoma tissues and the human ovarian carcinoma cell lines (A2780, A2780/DDP and A2780/Taxol, respectively). We determined the cell viability of these cell lines treated with cisplatin or paclitaxel in the presence or absence of miR-133b or anti-miR-133b transfection using the MTT assay. Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and Western blotting were used to assess the mRNA and protein expression levels of two drug-resistance-related genes: glutathione S-transferase (GST)-π and multidrug resistance protein 1 (MDR1). The dual-luciferase reporter assay was used to detect the promoter activity of GST-π in the presence and absence of miR-133b.
Results: The expression of miR-133b was significantly lower in primary resistant ovarian carcinomas than in the chemotherapy-sensitive carcinomas (P<0.05), and the same results were found in primary resistant ovarian cell lines (A2780/Taxol and A2780/DDP) compared to the chemotherapy-sensitive cell line (A2780; P<0.05). Following miR-133b transfection, four cell lines showed increased sensitivity to paclitaxel and cisplatin, while anti-miR-133b transfection reduced cell sensitivity to paclitaxel and cisplatin. Dual-luciferase reporter assay showed that miR-133b interacted with the 3'-untranslated region of GST-π. Compared to controls, the mRNA and protein levels of MDR1 and GST-π were downregulated after miR-133b transfection and upregulated after anti-miR-133b transfection.
Conclusion: MicroRNA-133b may reduce ovarian cancer drug resistance by silencing the expression of the drug-resistance-related proteins, GST-π and MDR1. In future, the combination of miR-133b with chemotherapy agents may prevent the development of drug resistance in ovarian cancers.

Keywords: cisplatin, drug resistance, ovarian cancer cells, paclitaxel

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