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MicroRNA-141 is downregulated in human renal cell carcinoma and regulates cell survival by targeting CDC25B

Authors Yu X, Zhang Z, Liu J, Zhan B, Kong C

Received 8 December 2012

Accepted for publication 4 February 2013

Published 10 April 2013 Volume 2013:6 Pages 349—354


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Xiu-yue Yu, Zhe Zhang, Jiao Liu, Bo Zhan, Chui-ze Kong

Department of Urology, the First Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, People’s Republic of China

Background/objective: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding RNAs (ribonucleic acids), approximately 22 nucleotides in length, that function as regulators of gene expression. Dysregulation of miRNAs has been associated with the initiation and progression of oncogenesis in humans. The cell division cycle (CDC)25 phosphatases are important regulators of the cell cycle. Their abnormal expression detected in a number of tumors implies that their dysregulation is involved in malignant transformation.
Methods: Using miRNA target prediction software, we found that miR-141 could target the 3´ untranslated region (3´UTR) sequence of CDC25B. To shed light on the role of miR-141 in renal cell carcinogenesis, the expression of miR-141 was examined by real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) in renal cell carcinoma and normal tissues. The impact of miR-141 re-expression on 769-P cells was analyzed using 3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) and colony-forming assay. A luciferase reporter assay was applied to prove the functionality of the miR-141 binding site.
Results: miR-141 is significantly downregulated in renal cell carcinoma. miR-141 re-expression suppressed cell growth in 769-P cells. Luciferase expression from a reporter vector containing the CDC25B-3'UTR was decreased when this construct was transfected with miR-141 in 769-P cells. The overexpression of miR-141 suppressed the endogenous CDC25B protein level in 769-P cells.
Conclusion: For the first time, we demonstrated that CDC25B is a direct target of miR-141 in renal cell carcinoma. The transcriptional loss of miR-141 and the resultant increase in CDC25B expression facilitates increased genomic instability at an early stage of renal cell carcinoma development.

Keywords: carcinogenesis, 769-P, target, MicroRNAs, proliferation, luciferase

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