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Downregulation of miR-432 activates Wnt/β-catenin signaling and promotes human hepatocellular carcinoma proliferation

Nan Jiang, Wen-Jie Chen, Jian-Wen Zhang, Chi Xu, Xian-Cheng Zeng, Tong Zhang, Yang Li and Guo-Ying Wang _

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Oncotarget. 2015; 6:7866-7879. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.3492

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Nan Jiang1,*, Wen-Jie Chen1,*, Jian-Wen Zhang1,*, Chi Xu1, Xian-Cheng Zeng2, Tong Zhang1, Yang Li1 and Guo-Ying Wang1

1 Department of Hepatic Surgery, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

2 Department of General Surgery and Clinical Laboratory, Zengcheng People’s Hospital, (BoJi-Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University), Zengcheng, Guangdong, China

* These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Guo-Ying Wang, email:

Keywords: MiR-432, Wnt/β-catenin, Proliferation, Hepatocellular carcinoma

Received: December 06, 2014 Accepted: February 03, 2015 Published: March 08, 2015


Sustained cell growth and proliferation, one of the hallmarks of cancer, is considered to responsible for cancer-related deaths by disorganizing the balance of growth promotion and growth limitation. Aberrant activation of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway leads to cell proliferation, growth and survival, and promotes the development of various human tumors, including hepatocellular carcinoma. Elucidating the molecular mechanism of this abnormality in hepatocellular carcinoma carcinogenesis may improve diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for this malignancy. Herein, we report that the expression of miR-432 was markedly downregulated in hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines and tissues, and upregulation of miR-432 inhibited, whereas downregulation of miR-432 enhanced the proliferation and tumorigenicity of hepatocellular carcinoma cells both in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, miR-432 directly targeted and suppressed multiple regulators of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling cascade, including LRP6, TRIM29 and Pygo2, which subsequently deactivated Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway. Finally, miR-432 expression was inversely correlated with three targets in clinical hepatocellular carcinoma samples. These results demonstrated that miR-432 functions as a tumor-suppressive miRNA by suppressing Wnt/β-catenin signaling activation and may represent a therapeutic target for hepatocellular carcinoma.

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