Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2019; 23 (1): 87-95

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_201901_16752

MiR-32-5p regulates the proliferation and metastasis of cervical cancer cells by targeting HOXB8

Y.-J. Liu, H.-G. Zhou, L.-H. Chen, D.-C. Qu, C.-J. Wang, Z.-Y. Xia, J.-H. Zheng

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Affiliated Hospital of North Sichuan Medical College, Nanchong, China. zhengjianghua@126.com


OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of miR-32-5p on the biological behaviors of cervical cancer (CCa), the relevant mechanism was studied in CCa cell lines (HeLa) in vitro.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: The expression level of miR-32-5p was detected by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). TargetScan, miRDB, microRNA databases and Luciferase method were conducted to predict and validate the target gene of miR-32-5p; the effects of miR-32-5p on cell proliferation, clone formation, invasion and migration capacity were analyzed in vitro study.

RESULTS: We found miR-32-5p to be significantly inhibited in CCa tissues and cells. Bioinformatics approach together with Luciferase method screened Homeobox B8 (HOXB8) as a downstream regulatory target of miR-32-5p. Besides, HOXB8 was incredibly high expression in CCa tissues and cells. After transfection in HeLa cells by miR-32-5p mimics, HOXB8 expression was indicated to be negatively correlated with miR-32-5p both in qRT-PCR and Western blot (WB) assays. The subsequent experiments showed that decreased expression of HOXB8 resulting from up-regulation of miR-32-5p could weaken the cell proliferation, clone formation, invasion and migration ability of HeLa cells.

CONCLUSIONS: MiR-32-5p could inhibit the cellular malignant behavior through regulating the expression of HOXB8 in HeLa cells. We provide a new clue for the study of molecular mechanisms of CCa. MiR-32-5p/HOXB8 axis might serve as potential target for the clinical diagnosis and treatment of CCa.

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Y.-J. Liu, H.-G. Zhou, L.-H. Chen, D.-C. Qu, C.-J. Wang, Z.-Y. Xia, J.-H. Zheng
MiR-32-5p regulates the proliferation and metastasis of cervical cancer cells by targeting HOXB8

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2019
Vol. 23 - N. 1
Pages: 87-95
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_201901_16752