The aim of this study was to investigate the role and specific molecular mechanism of miR-31-5 in colorectal cancer. The relative expression of miR-31-5p and NUMB in colorectal cancer tissues was analyzed by qRT-PCR. To knock down the expression of miR-31-5p, the transfection of miR-31-5p inhibitor was performed. The transfection with miR-31-5p mimic was used for miR-31-5p overexpression and pcDNA3.0-NUMB plasmid was used for NUMB overexpression. CCK-8 assay was used to analyze the cell proliferation. Flow cytometry was used to evaluate the cell apoptosis and cell cycle. Matrigel invasion assay was performed to assess the invasion potency and migration assay was performed to assess the migration potency. Hoechst 33258 staining assay was performed to analyze the cell apoptosis of HT29 cells after the indicated transfection. Luciferase activity assays were performed to confirmed the potential binding site for miR-31-5p in 3’-UTR region of NUMB. MiR-31-5p is highly expressed in colorectal cancer and is critical for the cell proliferation, cell cycle, migration, invasion and apoptosis. NUMB is target of miR-31-5p and NUMB overexpression inhibited the cell proliferation, migration, invasion and induced cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in HT29 colorectal cancer cells. In conclusion, miR-31-5p promoted the cell growth, migration and invasion by targeting NUMB in colorectal cancer cells.
Peng, H., Wang, L., Su, Q., Yi, K., Du, J., & Wang, Z. (2019). MiR-31-5p promotes the cell growth, migration and invasion of colorectal cancer cells by targeting NUMB. Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy, 109, 208–216. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopha.2018.10.048