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MicroRNA-92b inhibits epithelial-mesenchymal transition-induced migration and invasion by targeting Smad3 in nasopharyngeal cancer

Chong Zhao, Feipeng Zhao, Huajun Feng, Shengen Xu and Gang Qin _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:91603-91613. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.21342

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Chong Zhao1, Feipeng Zhao1, Huajun Feng1, Shengen Xu1 and Gang Qin1

1Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, The Affiliated Hospital of Southwest Medical University, Luzhou, Sichuan, P.R. China

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Gang Qin, email: [email protected]

Keywords: microRNA-92b, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, Smad3, EMT, invasion

Received: June 21, 2017    Accepted: July 26, 2017    Published: September 27, 2017


Increasing studies reports that aberrant miRNAs contribute to nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) development and progression. However, the role of miR-92b in NPC remains unclear. In present research, we found that a reduced miR-92b expression in NPC tissues and cell lines. The clinical data showed that the down-regulated miR-92b expression was obviously associated with adverse prognostic characteristic. Furthermore, we confirmed that miR-92b was a novel independent prognostic symbol for predicting 5-year survival of NPC patients. MiR-92b overexpression inhibited cell migration, invasion and EMT progress, while down-regulated miR-92b reversed the effect. Besides, miR-92b could modulate Smad3 by directly binding to its 3’-UTR. In clinical samples of NPC, miR-92b inversely correlated with Smad3. Alternation of Smad3 expression at least partially abrogated the migration, invasion and EMT progress of miR-92b on NPC cells. In summary, our results indicated that miR-92b functioned as a tumor suppressor gene in regulating the EMT and metastasis of NPC via targeting Smad3, and may represent a novel potential therapeutic target and prognostic marker for NPC.

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