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miR-942 decreases TRAIL-induced apoptosis through ISG12a downregulation and is regulated by AKT

Nianli Liu _, Chaohui Zuo, Xiaohong Wang, Tianran Chen, Darong Yang, Jing Wang and Haizhen Zhu

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Oncotarget. 2014; 5:4959-4971. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.2067

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Nianli Liu1,2, Chaohui Zuo1, Xiaohong Wang2, Tianran Chen2, Darong Yang2, Jing Wang1 and Haizhen Zhu1,2

1 Research Center of Cancer Prevention & Treatment, Translational Medicine Research Center of Liver Cancer, Hunan Provincial Tumor Hospital (Affiliated Tumor Hospital of Xiangya Medical School of Central South University), Changsha, China

2 Department of Molecular Medicine, State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics, Hunan University, Changsha, China


Haizhen Zhu, email:

Keywords: Hepatocellular carcinoma, gastric cancer, TRAIL, ISG12a, miR-942

Received: April 19, 2014 Accepted: June 5, 2014 Published: June 6, 2014


Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is an attractive death ligand in targeted cancer therapy. Many cancer cells are refractory to TRAIL-induced cell death and the mechanisms underlying resistance are unclear. The molecular mechanisms of HCC and gastric cancer cells resistant to TRAIL-induced apoptosis were explored using molecular biological and immunological methods. In vivo experiments were conducted to study the effect of interferon stimulated gene 12a (ISG12a) on human liver cancer xenografts in mice. ISG12a decreases in TRAIL-resistant cancer cells. ISG12a regulates the sensitivity of cancer cells to TRAIL in vitro and in vivo. MicroRNA-942 (miR-942) is inversely correlated with ISG12a expression in cancer cells and tissues. Forced expression of miR-942 in TRAIL-sensitive cells significantly reduces endogenous ISG12a level and changes the TRAIL sensitive phenotype to a resistant one. Knockdown of miR-942 expression in TRAIL-resistant cells restores the expression of ISG12a and sensitizes the cells to TRAIL treatment. AKT control TRAIL resistance of cancer cells through downregulation of ISG12a by miR-942. Downregulation of ISG12a by miR-942 is needed to maintain the TRAIL-resistant phenotype of cancer cells and favors cancer cell survival. MiR-942 may offer a novel drug response marker with important implications in designing new therapeutics for TRAIL resistant tumors.

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