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Oncotarget. 2017 Oct 27;8(59):100227-100241. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.22151. eCollection 2017 Nov 21.

MicroRNA-433 inhibits oral squamous cell carcinoma cells by targeting FAK.

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Key Laboratory for Biotechnology on Medicinal Plants of Jiangsu Province, School of Life Science, Jiangsu Normal University, Xuzhou 221116, P.R. China.
School of Environment Science and Spatial Informatics, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221008, P.R. China.
Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Eco-Agricultural Biotechnology around Hongze Lake, School of Life Sciences, Huaiyin Normal University, Huaian 223300, P.R. China.
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Guanghua School and Hospital of Stomatology, Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Oral Diseases, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou 510055, P.R. China.


We investigated the involvement of microRNA-433 (miR-433) in the proliferation, migration, and invasiveness of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). Totally 108 OSCC tissues and adjacent normal tissues from patients with OSCC were collected. Also, transplanted tumor formation experiment in nude mice was conducted to verify the effect of miR-433 and FAK on subcutaneous transplanted tumor. The CD44+ stem cell from SCC-9 were collected and assigned into the blank, miR-433 mimics, mimics control, miR-433 inhibitors, inhibitors control, siFAK and miR-433 inhibitors + siFAK groups. The qRT-PCR and western blotting were used to detect miR-433, FAK, ERK, MEK, pERK and pMEK after transfection. Flow cytometry, MTT assay, scratch test and Transwell assay were performed to determine the cell proportion, growth, migration and invasion of SCC-9 cells. In cell line SCC-9, expression of CD133, Oct-4, and BIM-1 was greater in CD44+ cells than CD44- cells, indicating that CD44+ cells had characteristics of tumor stem cells. Expression of FAK, ERK, MEK, p-ERK and p-MEK was decreased in tumor tissues from the CD44-, miR-433, and siFAK groups. Expression of MiR-433 mRNA was elevated, while levels of FAK, ERK, MEK, p-ERK, and p-MEK mRNA were all decreased in the miR-433 mimics group. In the miR-433 mimics and siFAK groups, cell proliferation, migration, and invasion were all decreased, while the opposite trends were seen in the miR-433 inhibitor group. These results indicate that miR-433 downregulates FAK through the ERK/MAPK signaling pathway to inhibit the proliferation, migration, and invasiveness of SCC-9 OSCC cells.


ERK; FAK; SCC-9 cell; microRNA-433; oral squamous cell carcinoma

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