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MicroRNA-497 inhibits cell proliferation, migration, and invasion by targeting AMOT in human osteosarcoma cells

Authors Ruan W, Wang P, Feng S, Xue Y, Zhang B

Received 26 August 2015

Accepted for publication 18 November 2015

Published 18 January 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 303—313

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OTT.S95204

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Faris Farassati


Wen-Dong Ruan, Pei Wang, Shiqing Feng, Yuan Xue, Bin Zhang

Department of Orthopedics, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Heping District, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China


Abstract: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have a role in the development and progression of human malignancy. The expression of miR-497 is decreased in malignant tumors, which suggests a role for miR-497 as a tumor suppressor. Angiomotin is encoded by the AMOT gene, which is a target for miR-497. Angiomotin has a role in angiogenesis, cell proliferation, and invasion in human malignancies, including osteosarcoma. However, the role of miR-497 in human osteosarcoma is unknown. This preliminary study included human osteosarcoma tissues and normal tissues from 20 patients, the osteosarcoma cell lines, MG-63, SAOS-2, U-2 OS, and the human osteoblast cell line hFOB (OB3). Western blots for angiomotin and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction for the expression of miR-497 and AMOT were performed. Knockdown studies were performed using RNA interference and transfection studies used miR-497 mimics. Quantitative cell migration assays were performed, and cell apoptosis was studied by flow cytometry. Osteosarcoma cells and cell lines showed reduced expression of miR-497 and increased expression of angiomotin. Transfection of osteosarcoma cells with miR-497 mimics suppressed the ­expression of angiomotin. Results from a dual-luciferase reporter system supported AMOT as a direct target gene of miR-497. Knockdown of AMOT using RNA interference resulted in inhibition of osteosarcoma cell proliferation, migration, and invasion. These preliminary studies support a role for miR-497 as a suppressor of AMOT gene expression in human osteosarcoma cells, resulting in suppression of tumor cell proliferation and invasion. Further studies are recommended to investigate the role of miR-497 in osteosarcoma and other malignant mesenchymal tumors.

Keywords: angiomotin, apoptosis, cell migration and invasion, cell proliferation, microRNA-497, osteosarcoma

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