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Cancer Lett. 2013 Jun 10;333(2):159-69. doi: 10.1016/j.canlet.2013.01.028. Epub 2013 Jan 22.

MicroRNA-503 targets FGF2 and VEGFA and inhibits tumor angiogenesis and growth.

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  • 1Key Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics of the Ministry of Education, Department of Genetics and Developmental Biology, College of Life Science and Technology, Center for Human Genome Research, Cardio-X Institute, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, PR China.


FGF2 and VEGFA are the two most potent angiogenic factors. Here we report that miR-503 can simultaneously down-regulate FGF2 and VEGFA. The expression of miR-503 is repressed in HCC cells and primary tumors due to a potential epigenetic mechanism. Overexpression of miR-503 reduced tumor angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo. We also found that miR-503 expression was down-regulated by hypoxia through HIF1α. These results identify a miRNA that targets both FGF2 and VEGFA in cancers, demonstrate the anti-angiogenesis role of miR-503 in tumorigenesis, and provide a novel mechanism for hypoxia-induced FGF2 and VEGFA through HIF1α-mediated inhibition of miR-503.

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