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miR-495 inhibits proliferation, migration, and invasion and induces apoptosis via inhibiting PBX3 in melanoma cells

Authors Chen G, Xie Y

Received 22 September 2017

Accepted for publication 31 December 2017

Published 5 April 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 1909—1920


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Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Jianmin Xu

Guangxiong Chen, Yijie Xie

Department of Dermatology, Yinzhou People’s Hospital, Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, China

Background: Amounting evidence indicate that miRNAs play an important role in the development of various cancers. MiR-495 is a potential tumor suppressor in cancers, however its role in melanoma is still elusive. The study aimed to investigate the role of miR-495 and the underlying mechanisms in melanoma cells.
Methods: The levels of miR-495 in melanoma tissues and cell lines were measured by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. Mimics of miR-495 was transfected into human melanoma cells A375 and MeWo. Cell viability of miR-495-transfected cells was assayed by MTT assay. Cell migration and invasion of miR-495 transfected cells were measured by wound healing assay and transwell assay, respectively. Nucleosome enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was performed to measure the apoptosis induced by overexpression of miR-495. Luciferase reporter assays were performed to verify the interaction between miR-495 and its target PBX3.
Results: It was found that the expression levels of miR-495 were down-regulated in melanoma tissues and cells. Moreover, overexpression of miR-495 inhibited melanoma cell proliferation, migration and invasion in vitro. PBX3 was identified as a target for inhibition by miR-495 and was confirmed by luciferase assay, quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction and western blot. We also indicated that silencing of PBX3 also repressed melanoma cell proliferation, migration and invasion in vitro.
Conclusion: In summary, our findings demonstrated that miR-495 functions as a tumor suppressor in human melanoma via directly targeting PBX3.

Keywords: melanoma, miR-495, PBX3, cell migration, cell invasion

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