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To investigate the down-regulation effect of let-7b-5p on the expression of FTO in acute myeloid leukemia cell line THP-1 and inhibitory effect on THP-1 proliferation via m6A/MYC signaling pathway. The acute myeloid leukemia cell line THP-1 and the normal human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMNC) were selected as subjects. The expression of let-7b-5p and FTO mRNA in those cells was detected by qPCR, further the expression of FTO protein in those cells was detected by Western blot. And, the luciferase reporter gene assay was used to verify the targeting effect of let-7b-5p on FTO. Finally, THP-1 cells were transfected respectively with let-7b-5p mimic, and PBMNC with let-7b-5p inhibitor, there after the C-MYC mRNA m6A enrichment level in transfected cells was analyzed by dot blot, the expression levels of let-7b-5p, FTO and c-MYC were assayed by RT-PCR, the expressions of FTO and c-MYC protein were verified by Western blot, and the proliferation level of cells after transfection was detected by MTT assay. Compared with PBMNC, the expression of let-7b-5p in THP-1 significantly decreased, while the expression of FTO was significantly increased (P<0.05). After transfection with let-7b-5p mimic combined with FTO 3'-UTR, the luciferase activity of transfected THP-1 cells significantly decreased, but the luciferase activity significantly increased after transfection with mutant 3'-UTR, which was significantly different from the negative control group(blank vector) (P<0.05). Let-7b-5p inhibitor down-regulated c-MYC mRNA m6A enrichment, and then up-regulated the expression of FTO in transfected PBMNC cells, the effects of which were significant (P<0.05). However, let-7b-5p mimic up-regulated c-MYC mRNA m6A enrichment level and down-regulated the expression of FTO in the transfected THP-1 cells, and the cell proliferation rate was significantly lower than that in the negative control group (blank vector) (P<0.05). Human acute myeloid leukemia cell line THP-1 low expresses the let-7b-5p, which regulates c-MYC expression through let-7b-5p-/FTO-/m6A axis and promotes the proliferation of leukemia cell line THP-1.


Dan-Sen Wu, Cai-Fa Zheng, Yong-Ping Zeng, Jing Lin, Jia-Long Chen, Song-Jing Shi. Hsa-let-7b-5p Inhibits Proliferation of Human Leukemia THP-1 Cells via FTO/m6A/MYC Signaling Pathway]. Zhongguo shi yan xue ye xue za zhi. 2020 Dec;28(6):1873-1879

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PMID: 33283713

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