Tumor Biology

, Volume 36, Issue 11, pp 8925–8930 | Cite as

RETRACTED ARTICLE: Impairment of growth of gastric carcinoma by miR-133-mediated Her-2 inhibition

  • Xiao-Tao Zhang
  • Zhen Zhang
  • Yong-Ning Xin
  • Xue-Zhen Ma
  • Shi-Ying Xuan
Research Article


Gastric carcinoma (GC) is a leading cause of cancer-related death in China. Dysregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) has been shown to contribute to the development of GC, whereas the role of miR-133 in GC is unknown. Here, we analyzed the levels of miR-133 in GC tissues by reverse and quantitative transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). We overexpressed or inhibited miR-133 in GC cells. Cell growth was analyzed by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay, and cell apoptosis was evaluated by fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) analysis. Targeted genes were predicted by a bioinformatics algorithm and confirmed by a dual-luciferase reporter assay. We detected lower miR-133 levels in GC tissues compared with normal gastric tissue. Moreover, the low miR-133 levels were correlated with low survival rate. Overexpression of miR-133 inhibited cell growth and promoted apoptosis, while depletion of miR-133 increased cell growth and suppressed apoptosis. Moreover, the 3′-untranslated region (3′UTR) of Her-2, the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) that transduces cell growth signals, appeared to be targeted by miR-133. Together, these data suggest that reduced miR-133 levels in GC tissues promote GC growth, which possibly contributes to a low survival rate of GC patients. MiR-133 may target Her-2 to suppress GC cell growth.


Gastric carcinoma (GC) MiR-133 MicroRNAs (miRNA) Growth Apoptosis Her-2 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiao-Tao Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Zhen Zhang
    • 2
  • Yong-Ning Xin
    • 1
    • 3
  • Xue-Zhen Ma
    • 2
  • Shi-Ying Xuan
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Medicine and PharmaceuticsOcean University of ChinaQingdaoChina
  2. 2.Qingdao Cancer HospitalQingdaoChina
  3. 3.Qingdao Municipal HospitalQingdaoChina

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