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MicroRNA-559 plays an inhibitory role in the malignant progression of glioblastoma cells by directly targeting metadherin

Authors Yang F, Zhang C, Xu C, Fu F, Han D, Li H

Received 21 January 2019

Accepted for publication 18 March 2019

Published 5 June 2019 Volume 2019:12 Pages 4415—4426


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Sanjay Singh

Fan Yang,1 Chuangang Zhang,2 Congbin Xu,3 Fangyou Fu,1 Dong Han,1 Hongliang Li4

1Department of Neurosurgery; 2Department of Oncology; 3Department of Radiology, The Third People’s Hospital of Linyi, Linyi, Shandong 276023, People’s Republic of China; 4Department of Emergency, The People’s Hospital of Linyi East Medical District, Linyi, Shandong 276000, People’s Republic of China

Purpose: Several microRNAs (miRNAs) that are aberrantly expressed in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) play a significant role in GBM formation and progression. The expression profile and functions of miR-559 in GBM remain unclear. Here, we quantified the expression and investigated the involvement of miR-559 in the oncogenicity of GBM cells in vitro and in vivo.
Material and methods: Reverse-transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) was carried out to determine miR-559 expression in GBM tissues and cell lines. A series of functional assays was performed to evaluate the effects of miR-559 overexpression on GBM cell proliferation, apoptosis, migration, and invasion in vitro and on GBM tumor growth in vivo. The regulatory mechanisms of miR-559 action in GBM cells were then explored.
Results: The expression of miR‑559 was lower in GBM tissues and cell lines and significantly correlated with the Karnofsky performance score and tumor size among patients with GBM. Exogenous miR‑559 expression inhibited GBM cell proliferation, migration, and invasion and promoted apoptosis. MiR-559 overexpression decreased tumor growth in vivo. Mechanistic experiments confirmed metadherin (MTDH) as a direct target gene of miR-559 in GBM. Silencing of MTDH induced effects similar to those of miR-559 upregulation in GBM cells, whereas MTDH expression restoration attenuated the antitumor effects of miR‑559 in GBM cells. Protein kinase B (AKT) in the phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN)–AKT signaling pathway was found to be deactivated in GBM cells after upregulation of miR-559 both in vitro and in vivo.
Conclusion: MiR-559 acts as a tumor suppressor in GBM cells in vitro and in vivo, at least in part through the downregulation of MTDH and inhibition of AKT in the PTEN–AKT pathway. Therefore, targeting the miR-559–MTDH axis may be a promising therapeutic strategy for patients with GBM.

Keywords: microRNA-559, glioblastoma, oncogenicity, metadherin, target therapy

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