MicroRNA-1826 directly targets beta-catenin (CTNNB1) and MEK1 (MAP2K1) in VHL-inactivated renal cancer.

Department of Urology, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94121, USA.
Carcinogenesis (Impact Factor: 5.27). 12/2011; 33(3):501-8. DOI: 10.1093/carcin/bgr302
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ABSTRACT The aim of this project is to identify new therapeutic microRNAs (miRNAs) for von Hippel-Lindau (VHL)-inactivated renal cancer cells. We initially identified several potential miRNAs targeting CTNNB1 and MEK1 using several targets scan algorithms. Only miR-1826 was found to target CTNNB1 and MEK1. Therefore, we focused on miRNA-1826 and performed 3' untranslated region (UTR) luciferase assay, functional analyses and association study between miR-1826 expression and renal cancer patient outcomes. miR-1826 expression was significantly lower in renal cancer tissues compared with non-neoplastic areas and lower expression was significantly associated with overall shorter survival and earlier recurrence after radical nephrectomy. Following miR-1826 transfection, 3' UTR luciferase activity and protein expression of beta-catenin and MEK1 were significantly downregulated in renal cancer cells. Introduction of miR-1826 also inhibited renal cancer cell proliferation, invasion and migration. Additionally, miR-1826 promoted apoptosis and G(1) arrest in VHL-inactivated renal cancer cells. Knockdowns of CTNNB1 and MEK1 by small interfering RNAs reproduced the tumor-suppressive effect of miR-1826. Our data suggest that the miR-1826 plays an important role as a tumor suppressor by downregulating beta-catenin and MEK1 in VHL-inactivated renal cancers.

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