BMC cancer 2018 01 0518(1) 34 doi 10.1186/s12885-017-3949-2
Gastric cancer (GC) is one of the most frequent malignant tumors and the molecular mechanism underlying its proliferation remains far from completely understood. Although accumulating evidence shows that abnormal expression of microRNA (miRNA) is involved in tumorigenesis, the role of specific miRNAs involved in GC remains elusive. MiR-199a/b-3p functions as a tumor suppressor in diverse cancers, but its expression, function, and mechanism in GC remain unclear. Our aim is to explore miR-199a/b-3p expression and its role in regulating GC cell proliferation.
Real-time PCR was performed to determine miR-199a/b-3p expression in GC tissues and normal adjacent tissues as well as normal gastric mucosal cell line GES-1 and GC cell lines MGC-803 and SGC-7901. MTT assay and Western blot were performed to determine cell proliferation and expression of PAK4, p-MEK and p-ERK, respectively. MiR-199a/b-3p mimics-transfected assay and PAK-specific siRNA assay were performed to determine their function in cell proliferation, respectively. GC xenograft nude mice were used to determine miR-199a/b-3p function in cell proliferation.
MiR-199a/b-3p expression was significantly decreased in GC tissues and GC cell lines MGC-803 and SGC-7901. MiR-199a/b-3p over-expression and PAK4 silencing inhibited cell proliferation and diminished the activation of p-MEK and p-ERK in MGC-803 and SGC-7901 cells, and miR-199a/b-3p over-expression reduced PAK4 expression. MiR-199a/b-3p over-expression suppressed MGC-803 cell growth and PAK4 expression in nude mice.
miR-199a/b-3p inhibits GC cell proliferation via down-regulating PAK4/MEK/ERK signaling pathway and may be a novel prognostic biomarker and a potential therapeutic target for GC patients.