MIAT (myocardial infarction-associated transcript) regulates cell proliferation, apoptosis, and metastasis in several cancers. In this study, the authors aimed to explore the role of MIAT in ovarian cancer. The expression of MIAT in ovarian cancer subtypes, normal human ovarian surface epithelial and ovarian cancer cell lines was measured by qualitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). OVCAR3 and SKOV3 cells were transfected with MIAT overexpression plasmid or siMIAT. The cell growth ability was then evaluated by CCK-8 and colony formation assays. The cell migration and invasion rate were separately measured by wound-healing and transwell assays. The levels of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT)-associated markers were evaluated by western blotting. MIAT sponging miR-150-5p was predicted by starBase and confirmed by dual-luciferase reporter assays. The expression of miR-150-5p in OVCAR3 and SKOV3 cells with MIAT overexpression or knockdown, and in ovarian cancer subtypes was also measured by qRT-PCR. Further analyses confirmed the role of MIAT sponging miR-150-5p in ovarian cancer cells. MIAT was highly expressed in mesenchymal subtype ovarian cancer tissues and ovarian cancer cells. In OVCAR3 and SKOV3 cells, overexpression of MIAT promoted, and knockdown of MIAT suppressed the cell growth, migration, invasion, and EMT. miR-150-5p was sponged and regulated by MIAT. miR-150-5p was downregulated in mesenchymal subtype ovarian cancer. Suppression of cell migration, invasion, and EMT caused by miR-150-5p overexpression was rescued by MIAT overexpression. MIAT acts as an oncogene in ovarian cancer cells through sponging miR-150-5p. MIAT or miR-150-5p expression might be a potential prognostic biomarker for ovarian cancer patients. MIAT and miR-150-5p are potential therapeutic targets in treatment of ovarian cancer.
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