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Down-regulation of miR-146b-5p by long noncoding RNA MALAT1 in hepatocellular carcinoma promotes cancer growth and metastasis

Chao Li, Runchen Miao, Sushun Liu, Yong Wan, Simin Zhang, Yan Deng, Jianbin Bi, Kai Qu, Jingyao Zhang and Chang Liu _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:28683-28695. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.15640

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Abstract

Chao Li1, Runchen Miao1, Sushun Liu1, Yong Wan2, Simin Zhang1, Yan Deng1, Jianbin Bi1, Kai Qu1, Jingyao Zhang1, Chang Liu1

1Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710061, Shaanxi Province, China

2Department of Geriatric Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710061, Shaanxi Province, China

Correspondence to:

Chang Liu, email: liuchangdoctor@163.com

Keywords: microRNA-146b-5p, hepatocellular carcinoma, TNF receptor associated factor 6, growth, metastasis

Received: December 28, 2016     Accepted: January 25, 2017     Published: February 23, 2017

ABSTRACT

MicroRNAs play an important role in liver cancer genesis and progression. In this study, we identified down-regulation of miR-146b-5p associated with tumor growth, metastasis and poor survival in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients. miR-146b-5p could suppress proliferation, migration, and invasion and induced apoptosis in vitro and in vivo. Remarkably, TNF receptor associated factor 6 (TRAF6) was confirmed as a direct target of miR-146b-5p in HCC and miR-146b-5p exerted the tumor suppression roles through inhibiting the phosphorylation of Akt mediated by TRAF6. Furthermore, we identified long non-coding RNA MALAT1 as a molecular sponge of miR-146b-5p to down-regulate its expression in HCC. In general, our results indicate that miR-146b-5p inhibits tumor growth and metastasis of HCC by targeting TRAF6 mediated Akt phosphorylation.


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