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miR-340 suppresses glioblastoma multiforme

Daquan Huang _, Shuwei Qiu, Ruiguang Ge, Lei He, Mei Li, Yi Li and Ying Peng

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Oncotarget. 2015; 6:9257-9270. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.3288

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Daquan Huang1,2*, Shuwei Qiu1*, Ruiguang Ge3, Lei He1, Mei Li1, Yi Li1, Ying Peng1,2

1Department of Neurology, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

2Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Malignant Tumor Epigenetics and Gene Regulation, Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China

3Key Laboratory of Gene Engineering of the Ministry of Education and State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol, College of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Ying Peng, e-mail: [email protected]

Keywords: glioblastoma multiforme, miR-340, ROCK1, biomarker

Received: January 07, 2015     Accepted: February 07, 2015     Published: March 16, 2015


Deregulation of microRNAs (miRs) contributes to tumorigenesis. Down-regulation of miR-340 is observed in multiple types of cancers. However, the biological function of miR-340 in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) remains largely unknown. In the present study, we demonstrated that expression of miR-340 was downregulated in both glioma cell lines and tissues. Survival of GBM patients with high levels of miR-340 was significantly extended in comparison to patients expressing low miR-340 levels. Biological functional experiments showed that the restoration of miR-340 dramatically inhibited glioma cell proliferation, induced cell-cycle arrest and apoptosis, suppressed cell motility and promoted autophagy and terminal differentiation. Mechanistic studies disclosed that, miR-340 over-expression suppressed several oncogenes including p-AKT, EZH2, EGFR, BMI1 and XIAP. Furthermore, ROCK1 was validated as a direct functional target miR-340 and silencing of ROCK1 phenocopied the anti-tumor effect of mR-340. Our findings indicate an important role of miR-340 as a glioma killer, and suggest a potential prognosis biomarker and therapeutic target for GBM.

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