Tumor Biology

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 837–844 | Cite as

MiR-148a regulates the growth and apoptosis in pancreatic cancer by targeting CCKBR and Bcl-2

  • Rui Zhang
  • Min Li
  • Wenqiao Zang
  • Xudong Chen
  • Yuanyuan Wang
  • Ping Li
  • Yuwen Du
  • Guoqiang ZhaoEmail author
  • Li LiEmail author
Research Article


Our previous studies have revealed that miR-148a is downregulated in pancreatic cancer. Bioinformatics analysis has shown cholecystokinin-B receptor (CCKBR) and B cell lymphoma (Bcl-2) to be potential targets of miR-148a. But the pathophysiologic role of miR-148a and its relevance to the growth and development of pancreatic cancer are yet to be investigated. The purpose of this study is to elucidate the molecular mechanisms where miR-148a acts as a tumor suppressor in pancreatic cancer. Our results showed significant downregulation of miR-148a in 28 pancreatic cancer tissue samples and five pancreatic cancer cell lines, compared with their non-tumor counterparts by qRT-PCR. MiR-148a was found to not only inhibit the proliferation of pancreatic cancer cells (PANC-1 and AsPC-1) in vitro by MTT assay and colony formation assay, but also to promote cells apoptosis in vitro by Annexin V-FITC apoptosis detection and caspase activity assay. Using western blot and luciferase activity assay, CCKBR and Bcl-2 were identified as targets of miR-148a. Moreover, we also found that the expression of Bcl-2 lacking in 3′UTR could abrogate the pro-apoptosis function of miR-148a. These findings suggest the importance of miR-148a’s targeting of CCKBR and Bcl-2 in the regulation of pancreatic cancer growth and apoptosis.


miR-148a Pancreatic cancer Cholecystokinin-B receptor Bcl-2 


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© International Society of Oncology and BioMarkers (ISOBM) 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rui Zhang
    • 1
  • Min Li
    • 2
  • Wenqiao Zang
    • 2
  • Xudong Chen
    • 3
  • Yuanyuan Wang
    • 2
  • Ping Li
    • 4
  • Yuwen Du
    • 2
  • Guoqiang Zhao
    • 2
    Email author
  • Li Li
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of EmergencyThe First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou UniversityZhengzhouChina
  2. 2.College of Basic Medical SciencesZhengzhou UniversityZhengzhouChina
  3. 3.Department of Histology and EmbryologyLuohe Medical CollegeLuoheChina
  4. 4.Department of RespiratoryThe First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou UniversityZhengzhouChina

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