Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2020; 24 (5): 2548-2556

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202003_20522

MiRNA-20a-5p accelerates the proliferation and invasion of non-small cell lung cancer by targeting and downregulating KLF9

Q.-Y. Fang, Q.-F. Deng, J. Luo, C.-C. Zhou

Medical College of Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. caicun_zhou_dr@163.com


OBJECTIVE: To uncover the role of microRNA-20a-5p (miRNA-20a-5p) in the progression of Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and the underlying mechanism.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: MiRNA-20a-5p level in NSCLC tissues and cell lines was determined by quantitative Real Time-Polymerase Chain Reaction (qRT-PCR). Its level in NSCLC patients with larger or smaller tumor size, and either with lymphatic metastasis or not was examined as well. Regulatory effects of miRNA-20a-5p on viability, cell cycle, and invasiveness of A549 and PC9 cells were assessed. The interaction between miRNA-20a-5p and KLF9 was explored by Dual-Luciferase Reporter Gene Assay and Spearman correlation test. At last, the role of miRNA-20a-5p/KLF9 axis in influencing the progression of NSCLC was determined.

RESULTS: MiRNA-20a-5p was upregulated in NSCLC tissues and cell lines. Its level was much pronounced in NSCLC patients with larger tumor size or accompanied with lymphatic metastasis. Overexpression of miRNA-20a-5p in A549 cells enhanced viability, cell ratio in S phase, and invasiveness, while the knockdown of miRNA-20a-5p in PC9 cells achieved the opposite trends. KLF9 was confirmed to be the direct target of miRNA-20a-5p. There was a negative correlation between the expression levels of miRNA-20a-5p and KLF9 in NSCLC tissues. In addition, KLF9 overexpression could reverse the promotive effects of upregulated miRNA-20a-5p on the proliferation and invasiveness of A549 cells. On the contrary, the knockdown of KLF9 reversed the inhibitory effects of downregulated miRNA-20a-5p on cellular behaviors of PC9 cells.

CONCLUSIONS: MiRNA-20a-5p stimulates NSCLC to proliferate and invade by targeting KLF9.

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Q.-Y. Fang, Q.-F. Deng, J. Luo, C.-C. Zhou
MiRNA-20a-5p accelerates the proliferation and invasion of non-small cell lung cancer by targeting and downregulating KLF9

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2020
Vol. 24 - N. 5
Pages: 2548-2556
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202003_20522