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MicroRNA-31 Function as a Suppressor Was Regulated by Epigenetic Mechanisms in Gastric Cancer

By Jun Wei, Zijian Wang, Zhixiang Wang, Yong Yang, Changlai Fu, Jianqing Zhu and Danbin Jiang


Gastric cancer is one of the most lethal malignancies worldwide. The aberrant expression of microRNA-31 (miR-31) has been reported in gastric cancer; however, its regulation mechanisms are still unclear. Here, we confirmed that miR-31 expression was significantly decreased in gastric cancer tissue and cell lines. Ectopic expression of miR-31 potentially suppresses proliferation and induced early apoptosis in gastric cancer cells. Furthermore, miR-31 expression was regulated as a result of epigenetic mechanisms. The downregulation of miR-31 was associated with promoter DNA methylation status in gastric cancer and cell lines. Moreover, we found that HDAC2 was the direct target of miR-31 by binding to 3′-UTR from the results of luciferase reporter assays, qRT-PCR, and western blotting. HDAC2 played an activation role in tumor growth, whose expression is upregulated and inversely associated with miR-31 levels. All the results suggested that miR-31 function as a crucial tumor suppressor was regulated by epigenetic mechanisms in gastric cancer. We found an epigenetic pathway loop, DNA methylation-miRNA expression-target gene-tumor progression in gastric cancer, and also provided implications for molecular diagnosis and therapeutics of gastric malignancies by detecting miR-31 as a potential target

Topics: Medicine, R
Publisher: Hindawi Limited
Year: 2017
DOI identifier: 10.1155/2017/5348490
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