miR-24 promotes the proliferation and invasion of HCC cells by targeting SOX7
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Accumulating evidence shows that microRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in the development and progression of multiple tumors, including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Recent studies have found that miR-24 acts as an oncogene in several tumors; however, the function of miR-24 in HCC remains unclear. In this study, we found that miR-24 was increased in HCC tissues and cell lines. Inhibition of miR-24 by inhibitor significantly suppressed HCC cells proliferation, migration, and invasion. Furthermore, the sex-determining region Y (SRY)-box 7 (SOX7), a putative tumor suppressor, was found to be a target of miR-24 in HCC cells. Forced expression of SOX7 substantially attenuated the oncogenic effects of miR-24. Those results strongly suggest that miR-24 plays important role in HCC development partially by targeting SOX7.
KeywordsHepatocellular carcinoma miR-24 SOX7 Proliferation Migration Invasion
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