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MiR-542-5p is a negative prognostic factor and promotes osteosarcoma tumorigenesis by targeting HUWE1

Dong-dong Cheng, Tao Yu, Tu Hu, Ming Yao, Cun-yi Fan and Qing-cheng Yang _

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Oncotarget. 2015; 6:42761-42772. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.6199

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Dong-dong Cheng1,*, Tao Yu2,*, Tu Hu1, Ming Yao2, Cun-yi Fan1 and Qing-cheng Yang1

1 Department of Orthopedics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Sixth People’s Hospital, Shanghai, China

2 State Key Laboratory of Oncogenes and Related Genes, Shanghai Cancer Institute, Renji Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China

* Authors share co-first authorship

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Qing-cheng Yang, email:

Cun-yi Fan, email:

Keywords: miR-542-5p, proliferation, proteomics, HUWE1, osteosarcoma

Received: June 22, 2015 Accepted: October 14, 2015 Published: October 20, 2015


Recent evidence has demonstrated that microRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in the proliferation and metastasis of osteosarcoma. Using miRNA microarray and functional screening methods to compare miRNA expression profiles in osteosarcoma cell lines treated with Trichostatin A (TSA), overexpression of miR-542-5p was determined to be involved in the proliferation of osteosarcoma. We used isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ) and nanoscale liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (NanoLC−MS/MS) to identify differentially expressed proteins in MNNG/HOS and U2OS osteosarcoma cell lines transfected with miR-542-5p; in both cell lines, seven proteins were downregulated, and nine were upregulated. HUWE1 was found to be a direct target of miR-542-5p in both osteosarcoma cell lines, and was negatively correlated with miR-542-5p levels in human osteosarcoma tissues. Moreover, the expression of miR-542-5p was upregulated in human osteosarcoma tissue compared with non-tumor adjacent tissue. Kaplan-Meier analysis revealed that overexpression of miR-542-5p predicted poor prognosis for osteosarcoma patients. Taken together, our results indicated that miR-542-5p plays a critical role in the proliferation of osteosarcoma and targets HUWE1.

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