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Although microRNAs and EIF4G2 are both known to play pivotal roles in cancer progression, it remains unknown whether these pathways regulate chemosensitivity in a coordinated manner. Here, we show that miR-379 expression is significantly downregulated in chemoresistant nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tissues and cells. Manipulation of miR-379 levels could alter the in vitro and in vivo cisplatin (CDDP) resistance in lung cancer (LCa) cells. Mechanistically, miR-379 potentiated LCa chemosensitivity via modulation of CDDP-induced apoptosis by directly targeting the EIF4G2 3'UTR. Additionally, we observed an inverse correlation between miR-379 and EIF4G2 expression in LCa tissues from patients with CDDP-based chemotherapy. Together, our findings shed new light on the potential involvement of miR-379/EIF4G2 cascade in the pathogenesis of CDDP resistance in LCa. © 2017 Federation of European Biochemical Societies.


Guang-Jun Hao, Hai-Jun Hao, Yan-Hui Ding, Hui Wen, Xiao-Feng Li, Qian-Ru Wang, Bing-Bing Zhang. Suppression of EIF4G2 by miR-379 potentiates the cisplatin chemosensitivity in nonsmall cell lung cancer cells. FEBS letters. 2017 Feb;591(4):636-645

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