Down-regulation of miR-125a-5p is associated with salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma progression via targeting p38/JNK/ERK signal pathway.
Am J Transl Res. 2017;9(3):1101-1113
Authors: Liang Y, Ye J, Jiao J, Zhang J, Lu Y, Zhang L, Wan D, Duan L, Wu Y, Zhang B
Salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma (SACC) is a relatively uncommon epithelial-like malignancy that can occur in the head and neck region. Despite its slow growth, this aggressive salivary gland tumor frequently recurs and metastasizes to distant organs since lacking effective chemotherapy treatment. MicroRNAs are key regulators in tumor metastasis and progression, but their roles during SACC progression have not been illustrated. In current study, we demonstrate that miR-125a-5p is down-regulated in SACC and closely related to the metastasis and progression in human SACC specimens. In vitro, miR-125a-5p mimic can suppress SACC cell migration and invasion; while blocking miR-125a-5p can relieve the inhibition effect. By using dual-luciferase assay, we confirmed that miR-125a-5p directly targeted to p38 and tissue samples of patients indicated the negative correlation between miR-125a-5p and p38; clinical analysis also showed that low level expression of miR-125a-5p is closely associated with poor prognosis of SACC. Furthermore, down-regulation of miR-125a-5p triggered downstream p38/JNK/ERK activation. Taken together, our results indicate that down-regulation of miR-125a-5p promotes SACC progression through p38 signal pathway and miR-125a-5p can be a potential therapeutic target of SACC.
PMID: 28386337 [PubMed]