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Several studies have reported that miR-885-5p was dysregulated in a variety of cancers. However, there are few studies on the biological function of miR-885-5p in gastric cancer (GC). In this study, we investigated the biological function and underlying mechanism of miR-885-5p in GC. Quantitative real-time PCR was used to examine the expression of miR-885-5p in GC. Bioinformatics analysis was used to predict the target of miR-885-5p and confirmed using the luciferase reporter assay. Wound-healing and Transwell assay were conducted to evaluate the biological function of miR-885-5p and malic enzyme 1 (ME1). Western blotting was used to assess molecular changes. Hepatic and lung metastasis models were constructed and used to verify the role of miR-885-5p. We found that the expression of miR-885-5p was significantly downregulated in GC. Overexpression of miR-885-5p inhibited invasion and metastasis of GC in vivo and in vitro, while inhibition of miR-885-5p has the opposite result in vitro. ME1 is a direct target of miR-885-5p, overexpressed in GC, associated with poor prognosis. Overexpression of miR-885-5p negatively regulates ME1 and causes changes in downstream molecules Vimentin and Fibronectin. Our research found that miR-885-5p plays a tumor suppressor gene and could potentially serve as a biomarker and therapeutic target in GC.


Zhaoyu Jiang, Huaiping Cui, Shujie Zeng, Leping Li. miR-885-5p Inhibits Invasion and Metastasis in Gastric Cancer by Targeting Malic Enzyme 1. DNA and cell biology. 2021 May;40(5):694-705

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PMID: 33751897

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