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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2014 May 9;447(3):446-51. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2014.04.027. Epub 2014 Apr 13.

MicroRNA-181b promotes ovarian cancer cell growth and invasion by targeting LATS2.

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1
Department of Gynecology, Huadong Hospital, Fudan University, 221 Yan'an West Road, Shanghai, China.
2
Department of Gynecology, Huadong Hospital, Fudan University, 221 Yan'an West Road, Shanghai, China. Electronic address: gaoyanhdhos@126.com.

Abstract

MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are strongly implicated in tumorigenesis and metastasis. In this study, we showed significant upregulation of miR-181b in ovarian cancer tissues, compared with the normal ovarian counterparts. Forced expression of miR-181b led to remarkably enhanced proliferation and invasion of ovarian cancer cells while its knockdown induced significant suppression of these cellular events. The tumor suppressor gene, LATS2 (large tumor suppressor 2), was further identified as a novel direct target of miR-181b. Specifically, miR-181b bound directly to the 3'-untranslated region (UTR) of LATS2 and suppressed its expression. Restoration of LATS2 expression partially reversed the oncogenic effects of miR-181b. Our results indicate that miR-181b promotes proliferation and invasion by targeting LATS2 in ovarian cancer cells. These findings support the utility of miR-181b as a potential diagnostic and therapeutic target for ovarian cancer.

KEYWORDS:

Invasion; LATS2; Ovarian cancer; Proliferation; miR-181b

PMID:
24735543
DOI:
10.1016/j.bbrc.2014.04.027
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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