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miR-7 reverses the resistance to BRAFi in melanoma by targeting EGFR/IGF-1R/CRAF and inhibiting the MAPK and PI3K/AKT signaling pathways

Xiaoyan Sun _, Jun Li, Yanhong Sun, Yi Zhang, Liyun Dong, Chen Shen, Liu Yang, Ming Yang, Yan Li, Guanxin Shen, Yating Tu and Juan Tao

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:53558-53570. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.10669

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Xiaoyan Sun1,*, Jun Li1,*, Yanhong Sun1, Yi Zhang1, Liyun Dong1, Chen Shen1, Liu Yang1, Ming Yang2, Yan Li1, Guanxin Shen3, Yating Tu1, Juan Tao1

1Department of Dermatology, Union Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan 430022, China

2Department of Dermatology, Wuhan Central Hospital, Wuhan 430014, China

3Department of Immunology, Tongji Medical College, HUST, Wuhan 430030, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Juan Tao, email: tjhappy@126.com

Keywords: miRNA-7, melanoma, resistance, BRAF inhibitor

Received: August 17, 2015    Accepted: June 29, 2016    Published: July 18, 2016


MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are attractive therapeutic targets for various therapy-resistant tumors. However, the association between miRNA and BRAF inhibitor resistance in melanoma remains to be elucidated. We used microarray analysis to comprehensively study the miRNA expression profiling of vemurafenib resistant (VemR) A375 melanoma cells in relation to parental A375 melanoma cells. MicroRNA-7 (miR-7) was identified to be the most significantly down-regulated miRNA in VemR A375 melanoma cells. We also found that miR-7 was down-regulated in Mel-CVR cells (vemurafenib resistant Mel-CV melanoma cells). Reestablishment of miR-7 expression could reverse the resistance of both cells to vemurafenib. We showed that epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor (IGF-1R) and CRAF were over-expressed in VemR A375 melanoma cells. Introduction of miR-7 mimics could markedly decrease the expressions of EGFR, IGF-1R and CRAF and further suppressed the activation of MAPK and PI3K/AKT pathway in VemR A375 melanoma cells. Furthermore, tumor growth was inhibited in an in vivo murine VemR A375 melanoma tumor model transfected with miR-7 mimics. Collectively, our study demonstrated that miR-7 could reverse the resistance to BRAF inhibitors in certain vemurafenib resistant melanoma cell lines. It could advance the field and provide the basis for further studies in BRAF inhibitor resistance in melanoma.

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