MicroRNA-181a promotes gastric cancer by negatively regulating tumor suppressor KLF6
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MicroRNAs have emerged as crucial regulators of tumorigenesis. However, it remains unknown whether miR-181a is involved in the pathogenesis of gastric cancer. In this study, we found that miR-181a is overexpressed in human gastric cancer tissues. Ectopic expression of miR-181a mimic promoted the proliferation, colony formation, migration, and invasion and inhibited the apoptosis of SGC-7901 gastric cancer cells, whereas ectopic expression of miR-181a inhibitor inhibited the malignant phenotypes of SGC-7901 cells. Site-directed mutagenesis and luciferase reporter assay demonstrated that miR-181a repressed KLF6 expression by targeting its 3′-UTR. Western blot analysis further showed that KLF6 protein was significantly decreased or increased when miR-181a mimic or inhibitor was transfected into SGC-7901 cells, respectively. In summary, these data suggest that KLF6 gene is a direct target of miR-181a and miR-181a functions as an oncomir in gastric cancer by repressing the expression of tumor suppressor KLF6.
KeywordsmiR-181a Gastric cancer KLF6 Tumor suppressor
This work was partly supported by the grants from Health bureau of Guangzhou City (No.201102A212011) and from the Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province (No.10151006001000016).
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The authors declare that they have no competing financial interests.
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