Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2021; 25 (4): 1853-1860

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202102_25080

MiR-335-5p inhibits proliferation of Huh-7 liver cancer cells via targeting the Oct4/Akt pathway

Y.-Y. Ji, Y. Song, A.-N. Wang

Department of Infectious Diseases, Jiaozhou Central Hospital of Qingdao, Qingdao, China. wanganna1976@163.com


OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to detect the expression of micro ribonucleic acid (miR)-335-5p in the liver tissues of patients with liver cancer, and to explore its effect on liver cancer and mechanism using Huh7 human liver cancer cells.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: Liver tissues were collected from patients with liver cancer. The expression of miR-335-5p in tissues was detected via quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Subsequently, Huh7 cells were transfected with miR-335-5p in vitro. After overexpressing miR-335-5p, changes in the expression of octamer-binding transcription factor 4 (Oct4) gene were observed via qRT-PCR. Furthermore, the proliferation of Huh7 cells and the protein expressions of protein kinase B (Akt) and phosphorylated Akt (p-Akt) were detected using cell counting kit (CCK)-8 assay and Western blotting (WB), respectively.

RESULTS: Compared with Control group, the expression of miR-335-5p increased significantly in the liver tissues of liver cancer patients (p<0.01). In comparison with those in negative group, the messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of Oct4 and the proliferation rate of Huh7 cells were both significantly inhibited in miR-335-5p group (p<0.01, p<0.05). After overexpression of miR-335-5p, the protein expression level of p-Akt decreased remarkably (p<0.01).

CONCLUSIONS: MiR-335-5p directly binds to the 3’ untranslated region (3’UTR) of Oct4 mRNA to restrain the phosphorylation of Akt, thereby inhibiting Huh7 cell proliferation.

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Y.-Y. Ji, Y. Song, A.-N. Wang
MiR-335-5p inhibits proliferation of Huh-7 liver cancer cells via targeting the Oct4/Akt pathway

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2021
Vol. 25 - N. 4
Pages: 1853-1860
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202102_25080