NeuroMolecular Medicine

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 303–316 | Cite as

Functional Differences of miR-125b on the Invasion of Primary Glioblastoma CD133-Negative Cells and CD133-Positive Cells

  • Lei ShiEmail author
  • Yi Wan
  • Guan Sun
  • Xiaoyan Gu
  • Chunfa Qian
  • Wei Yan
  • Shuguang Zhang
  • Tianhong Pan
  • Zhimin WangEmail author
  • Yongping YouEmail author
Original Paper


MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding RNAs whose function as modulators of gene expression is crucial for the proper control of cell development, differentiation, and homeostasis. The total number and composition of miRNAs expressed per cell at different stages of development varies widely, and the same miRNA may function differently at different stages of development. In this prospective study, we evaluated the function of miR-125b at different developmental stages of glioblastoma cells, such as primary glioblastoma cells and the corresponding stem cells. CD133 is an important surface marker in glioblastoma stem cells. We found that the upregulation of miR-125b had no effects on the invasion of primary glioblastoma CD133-negative cells but that it could inhibit the invasion of corresponding CD133-positive cells; however, the downregulation of miR-125b also had no effects on the invasion of primary glioblastoma CD133-negative cells but promoted the invasion of CD133-positive cells. Further research into the underlying mechanism demonstrated that the effects of miR-125b on the invasion of glioblastoma CD133-positive cells were associated with the alteration of the expression of MMPs (MMP-2 and MMP-9) and corresponding inhibitors (RECK and TIMP3). Our results demonstrate that miR-125b expression plays an essential role in the invasion of glioblastoma CD133-positive cells but not CD133-negative cells. Therefore, miR-125b may represent a novel target for therapy targeting the invasion of glioblastoma stem cells in the future.


MicroRNA Glioblastoma Stem cells 



This work was supported by the China Natural Science Foundation (81000963, 81072078, and 30872657), Jiangsu Province’s 333 Talent Program (BRA2011046), Jiangsu Province’s Natural Science Foundation (BK2008475, 2009444 and 2010580), the Program for Development of Innovative Research Team in the First Affiliated Hospital of NJMU, the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, the Kunshan Social Development Foundation (Grant Number: KS1006, KS1009), and the Suzhou Social Development Foundation (SYS201063).

Conflict of interest

All authors have declared the sources of research funding for this manuscript and have no financial or other contractual agreements that might cause (or be perceived as causes of) conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryThe First People’s Hospital of Kunshan Affiliated with Jiangsu UniversitySuzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of NeurosurgerySuzhou Kowloon Hospital Affiliated with Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of MedicineSuzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Department of Respiratory MedicineThe 454th Hospital of Chinese PLANanjingChina
  4. 4.Department of NeurosurgeryFourth Affiliated Yancheng Hospital of Nantong UniversityYanchengPeople’s Republic of China
  5. 5.Department of NeurosurgeryAffiliated Brain Hospital of Nanjing Medical UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China
  6. 6.Department of NeurosurgeryThe First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China

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