miR-135a inhibits tumor metastasis and angiogenesis by targeting FAK pathway

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Tumor metastasis has been the major cause of recurrence and death in patients with gastric cancer. Here, we find miR-135a has a decreased expression in the metastatic cell lines compared with its parental cell lines by analyzing microRNA array. Further results show that miR-135a is downregulated in the majority of human gastric cancer tissues and cell lines. Decreased expression of miR-135a is associated with TNM stage and poor survival. Besides, regaining miR-135a in gastric cancer cells obviously inhibits tumor growth, migration, invasion and angiogenesis by targeting focal adhesion kinase (FAK) pathway. Bioinformatics analysis and molecular experiments further prove that miR-135a is a novel downstream gene of tumor suppressor p53. Blocking FAK with its inhibitor can also enhance miR-135a expression through inducing p53. In summary, this study reveals the expression and function of miR-135a in gastric cancer and uncovers a novel regulatory mechanism of miR-135a.




Cheng, Z., Liu, F., Zhang, H., Li, X., Li, Y., Li, J., … Li, F. (2017). miR-135a inhibits tumor metastasis and angiogenesis by targeting FAK pathway. Oncotarget, 8(19), 31153–31168. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.16098

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