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MiR-146b-5p overexpression attenuates stemness and radioresistance of glioma stem cells by targeting HuR/lincRNA-p21/β-catenin pathway

Wei Yang _, Hongquan Yu, Yueming Shen, Yingying Liu, Zhanshan Yang and Ting Sun

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:41505-41526. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.9214

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Wei Yang1, Hongquan Yu2, Yueming Shen1, Yingying Liu1, Zhanshan Yang1, Ting Sun3

1School of Radiological Medicine and Protection, Medical College of Soochow University, Collaborative Innovation Center of Radiation Medicine of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123, China

2Department of Neurosurgery of The First Affiliated Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin 130021, China

3Neurosurgery and Brain and Nerve Research Laboratory, The First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215006, China

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Wei Yang, e-mail: detachedy@aliyun.com

Ting Sun, e-mail: sunting1979st@aliyun.com

Keywords: microRNA-146b-5p, glioma stem cells, lincRNA-p21, HuR, β-catenin

Received: December 17, 2015     Accepted: April 18, 2016     Published: May 06, 2016


A stem-like subpopulation existed in GBM cells, called glioma stem cells (GSCs), might contribute to cancer invasion, angiogenesis, immune evasion, and therapeutic resistance, providing a rationale to eliminate GSCs population and their supporting niche for successful GBM treatment. LincRNA-p21, a novel regulator of cell proliferation, apoptosis and DNA damage response, is found to be downregulated in several types of tumor. However, little is known about the role of lincRNA-p21 in stemness and radioresistance of GSCs and its regulating mechanisms. In this study, we found that lincRNA-p21 negatively regulated the expression and activity of β-catenin in GSCs. Downregulation of lincRNA-p21 in GSCs was resulted from upregulation of Hu antigen R (HuR) expression caused by miR-146b-5p downregulation. MiR-146b-5p overexpression increased apoptosis and radiosensitivity, decreased cell viability, neurosphere formation capacity and stem cell marker expression, and induced differentiation in GSCs. Moreover, knock-down lincRNA-p21 or HuR and β-catenin overexpression could rescue the phenotypic changes resulted from miR-146b-5p overexpression in GSCs. These findings suggest that targeting the miR-146b-5p/HuR/lincRNA-p21/β-catenin signaling pathway may be valuable therapeutic strategies against glioma.

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