Oncotarget 2017 07 158(41) 69746-69755 doi 10.18632/oncotarget.19261
Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is the most common endocrine malignancy. Increasing evidence showed that microRNAs (miRNAs) play an important role in the PTC progression. In our study, the result showed that let-7a is significantly downregulated in PTC tissues and thyroid cancer cell lines. Overexpression of let-7a suppressed PTC cell proliferation, migration and invasion. Interestingly, we found that AKT2 was a direct target of let-7a and the expression levels of AKT2 were also observed to inversely correlate with let-7a expression in PTC tissues. Furthermore, enhancing AKT2 expression partially reversed the inhibitory effects of let-7a in PTC. Taken together, these findings suggest that let-7a acts as a novel suppressor by targeting the AKT2 gene and might be a candidate target for the development of novel therapeutic strategies to treat papillary thyroid carcinoma.