MicroRNA-92a promotes proliferation and invasiveness of gastric cancer cell by targeting FOXO1 gene

Jiawei Yu, Qingfeng Ni, Shu Zhang, Ruheng Hua, Ran Tao, Chong Tang, Shichun Feng


The aim of this study is to   investigate the effect of miRNA-92a on GC cell proliferation, migration and invasiveness, and the mechanism(s) involved.  Four GC cell lines (SGC-7901, BGC-823, MKN45 and HGC-27) and normal human gastric epithelial cells (GES1) were used in this study. MicroRNA-92a mimics or inhibitor were transfected into the cells. The results of transfection were assessed using real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Cell proliferation, migration, invasiveness and apoptosis were determined using cell counting kit 8 (CCK-8), scratch test, Transwell invasion assay, and flow cytometric analysis, respectively. The protein target of miRNA-92a was predicted using Bioinformatics. The expression of FOXO1 protein was measured using Western blotting. The expression of miRNA-92a was significantly upregulated in GC cells, relative to normal gastric epithelial cells (p < 0.05). Overexpression of miRNA-92a significantly promoted the proliferation, migration and invasiveness of GC cells, but significantly inhibited their apoptosis (p < 0.05). MicroRNA-92a directly targeted FOXO1 gene, and significantly reduced its protein expression. Overexpression of miRNA-92a promotes the proliferation, migration and invasiveness of GC cells, and plays a role similar to that of oncogene. It directly targets FOXO1 gene by inhibiting its protein expression.


Gastric cancer; MicroRNA-92a; Cell proliferation; FOXO1 gene; Expression.

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