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MicroRNA-128-3p regulates mitomycin C-induced DNA damage response in lung cancer cells through repressing SPTAN1

Rui Zhang, Chang Liu, Yahan Niu, Ying Jing, Haiyang Zhang, Jin Wang, Jie Yang, Ke Zen, Junfeng Zhang, Chen-Yu Zhang and Donghai Li _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:58098-58107. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.12300

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Rui Zhang1,2,*, Chang Liu1,2,*, Yahan Niu1,2,*, Ying Jing1,2,*, Haiyang Zhang1,2, Jin Wang1,2, Jie Yang1, Ke Zen1,2, Junfeng Zhang1,2, Chen-Yu Zhang1,2 and Donghai Li1,2

1State Key Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Nanjing Advanced Institute for Life Sciences(NAILS), School of Life Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210093, China

2Jiangsu Engineering Research Center for microRNA Biology and Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210093, China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Donghai Li, email: [email protected]

Chen-Yu Zhang, email: [email protected]

Junfeng Zhang, email: [email protected]

Ke Zen, email: [email protected]

Keywords: lung cancer, MicroRNA, mitomycin C, spectrin, DNA repair

Received: April 21, 2015     Accepted: September 20, 2016     Published: September 28, 2016


The DNA damage response is critical for maintaining genome integrity and preventing damage to DNA due to endogenous and exogenous insults. Mitomycin C (MMC), a potent DNA cross-linker, is used as a chemotherapeutic agent because it causes DNA inter-strand cross-links (DNA ICLs) in cancer cells. While many microRNAs, which may serve as oncogenes or tumor suppressors, are grossly dysregulated in human cancers, little is known about their roles in MMC-treated lung cancer. Here, we report that miR-128-3p can attenuate repair of DNA ICLs by targeting SPTAN1 (αII Sp), resulting in cell cycle arrest and promoting chromosomal aberrations in lung cancer cells treated with MMC. Using computational prediction and experimental validation, SPTAN1 was found to be a conserved target of miR-128-3p. We then found that miR-128-3p caused translational inhibition of SPTAN1, reducing its protein level. SPTAN1 repression via miR-128-3p also induced cell cycle arrest and chromosomal instability. Additionally, miR-128-3p significantly influenced interaction of the αII Sp/FANCA/XPF complex, thus limiting DNA repair. In summary, the results demonstrate that miR-128-3p accelerates cell cycle arrest and chromosomal instability in MMC-treated lung cancer cells by suppressing SPTAN1, and these findings could be applied for adjuvant chemotherapy of lung cancer.

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