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MiR-17-92 and miR-221/222 cluster members target KIT and ETV1 in human gastrointestinal stromal tumours.

British journal of cancer | Sep 17, 2013

BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GIST) are characterised by high expression of KIT and ETV1, which cooperate in GIST oncogenesis. Our aim was to identify microRNAs that are deregulated in GIST, have a role in GIST pathogenesis, and could potentially be used as therapeutic tool. METHODS: Differentially expressed microRNAs between primary GIST (n=50) and gastrointestinal leiomyosarcomas (GI-LMS, n=10) were determined using microarrays. Selected microRNA mimics were transfected into GIST-882 and GIST-T1 cell lines to study the effects of microRNA overexpression on GIST cells. Luciferase reporter assays were used to establish regulation of target genes by selected microRNAs. RESULTS: MiR-17-92 and miR-221/222 cluster members were significantly (P<0.01) lower expressed in GIST vs GI-LMS and normal gastrointestinal control tissues. MiR-17/20a/222 overexpression in GIST cell lines severely inhibited cell proliferation, affected cell cycle progression, induced apoptosis and strongly downregulated protein and--to a lesser extent--mRNA levels of their predicted target genes KIT and ETV1. Luciferase reporter assays confirmed direct regulation of KIT and ETV1 by miR-222 and miR-17/20a, respectively. CONCLUSION: MicroRNAs that may have an essential role in GIST pathogenesis were identified, in particular miR-17/20a/222 that target KIT and ETV1. Delivering these microRNAs therapeutically could hold great potential for GIST management, especially in imatinib-resistant disease.

Pubmed ID: 23969726 RIS Download

Mesh terms: Adult | Aged | Aged, 80 and over | Apoptosis | Carcinogenesis | Cell Growth Processes | DNA-Binding Proteins | Female | Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors | Humans | Male | MicroRNAs | Middle Aged | Multigene Family | Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-kit | Transcription Factors | Transfection

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