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Down-regulation of 14q32-encoded miRNAs and tumor suppressor role for miR-654-3p in papillary thyroid cancer

Murilo Vieira Geraldo _, Helder Imoto Nakaya and Edna Teruko Kimura

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:9597-9607. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.14162

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Murilo Vieira Geraldo1,3, Helder Imoto Nakaya2, Edna Teruko Kimura1

1Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2Department of Clinical Analyses and Toxicology, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

3Department of Structural and Functional Biology, Institute of Biology, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil

Correspondence to:

Murilo Vieira Geraldo, email: [email protected]

Edna Teruko Kimura, email: [email protected]

Keywords: microRNA, papillary thyroid carcinoma, 14q32 region, microTranscriptome, metastasis

Received: September 18, 2016     Accepted: November 26, 2016     Published: December 24, 2016


Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is the most prevalent malignant neoplasia of the thyroid gland. A fraction of PTC cases show loss of differentiation and aggressive behavior, with radioiodine therapy resistance and metastasis. Although microRNAs (miRNAs) emerged as promising molecular markers for PTC, their role in the loss of differentiation observed during PTC progression remains to be fully understood. We performed the large-scale analysis of miRNA expression during PTC progression in BRAFT1799A-transgenic animals (Tg-Braf) and thyroid cancer cell lines and identified the marked downregulation of several miRNAs from the region 14q32. Data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) confirmed the global downregulation of miRNAs from the 14q32 region in human PTC. The regulatory network potentially suppressed by these miRNAs suggests that key cancer-related biological processes such as cell proliferation, adhesion, migration and angiogenesis. Among the downregulated miRNAs, we observed that miR-654-3p levels decrease with long-term PTC progression in Tg-Braf mice and inversely correlate with EMT. The in vitro restoration of miR-654-3p decreased cell proliferation and migration and induced reprogramming of metastasis-related genes, suggesting a tumor suppressor role for this miRNA. In conclusion, we show global downregulation of 14q32-encoded miRNAs in an in vivo model of PTC progression. The potential circuitry in which these miRNAs are involved suggests that these miRNAs could play a key role in the pathophysiology of PTC and therefore be relevant for the development of new therapeutic strategies.

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