Journal of Biosciences

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 575–584 | Cite as

MicroRNA-486-5p suppresses TGF-β2-induced proliferation, invasion and epithelial–mesenchymal transition of lens epithelial cells by targeting Smad2

  • Bei Liu
  • Jianhua Sun
  • Xiaoqin Lei
  • Zhongqiao Zhu
  • Cheng PeiEmail author
  • Li Qin


The pathological development of lens epithelial cells (LECs) leads to posterior capsular opacification (PCO). This study was undertaken to investigate the effects of microRNA-486-5p (miR-486-5p) on TGF-β2-induced proliferation, invasion and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in the lens epithelial cell line SRA01/04, and to explore the underlying molecular mechanisms. The expression of miR-486-5p in TGF-β2-induced SRA01/04 cells was down-regulated, and the expression of Smad2, p-Smad2 and p-Smad3 was up-regulated. A dual-luciferase reporter assay revealed that miR-486-5p directly targets the 3′-UTR of Smad2. MiR-486-5p mimic transfection markedly down-regulated the expression levels of Smad2, thus inhibiting the expression of p-Smad2 and p-Smad3. MiR-486-5p overexpression in SRA01/04 cells markedly suppressed TGF-β2-induced proliferation and invasion, inhibited protein expression of CDK2 and CDK4, down-regulated fibronectin, α-SMA and vimentin and up-regulated E-cadherin; these effects were partly reversed by Smad2 overexpression. In short, these data show that miR-486-5p overexpression can inhibit TGF-β2-induced proliferation, invasion and EMT in SRA01/04 cells by repressing Smad2/Smad3 signalling, implying that miR-486-5p may be an effective target to interfere in the progression of PCO.


Cell invasion cell proliferation epithelial–mesenchymal transition lens epithelial cells miR-486-5p 



This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (81470614) and Natural Science Foundation of Shaanxi (2012JM4023).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bei Liu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jianhua Sun
    • 3
  • Xiaoqin Lei
    • 2
  • Zhongqiao Zhu
    • 2
  • Cheng Pei
    • 1
    Email author
  • Li Qin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Ophthalmology, the First Affiliated HospitalXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.Shaanxi Ophthalmic Medical Center, Xi’an No.4 Hospital, Affiliated Guangren HospitalXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina
  3. 3.Assisted Reproduction CenterNorthwest Women’s and Children’s HospitalXi’anChina

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