To investigate the prognostic effect of microRNA single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) on non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, 658 female participants from northeast China were enrolled in our prospective cohort study and followed up from 2010 to 2015. C-containing genotypes of miR-149 rs2292832 were associated with better overall survival (OS). The joint effect of miR-149 and miR-196a2 and the joint effect of miR-149 and miR-608 were also observed in our study. To verify the function of miR-149 rs2292832, A549 cell lines were stably transfected with lenti-virus containing miR-149-C vector, miR-149-T vector and empty vector. Cells containing C allele assumed a higher expression level of miR-149, a decrease in cell growth and the sensitivity to anticancer drug when compared with cells containing T allele. The role of miR-149 playing in cancer prognosis may function through DNA topoisomerases 1 (TOP1) pathway, according to the results from luciferase reporter assays. In conclusion, miR-149 C allele may be a prognostic biomarker for better NSCLC OS.
Lingzi, X., Zhihua, Y., Xuelian, L., Yangwu, R., Haibo, Z., Yuxia, Z., & Baosen, Z. (2016). Genetic variants in microRNAs predict non-small cell lung cancer prognosis in Chinese female population in a prospective cohort study. Oncotarget, 7(50). https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.13072