Upregulation of miR-181c contributes to chemoresistance in pancreatic cancer by inactivating the Hippo signaling pathway

  • Chen M
  • Wang M
  • Xu S
  • et al.
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// Meiyuan Chen 1, * , Min Wang 2, * , Simiao Xu 3, * , Xingjun Guo 2 , Jianxin Jiang 1 1 Department of Hepatic-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery, Hubei Cancer Hospital, Wuhan, Hubei, 430079, China 2 Department of Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery, Affiliated Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, 430030, China 3 Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, 430030, China * These authors have contributed equally to this work Correspondence to: Jianxin Jiang, e-mail: Jjx_hbszlyy@163.com Keywords: miR-181c, pancreatic cancer, Hippo signaling, chemoresistance Received: July 19, 2015      Accepted: October 13, 2015      Published: October 26, 2015 ABSTRACT The Hippo signaling pathway plays a crucial role in regulating tissue homeostasis, organ size, tumorigenesis and cancer chemoresistance when deregulated. Physiologically, the Hippo core kinase cassette that consists of mamma-lian STE20-like protein kinase 1/2 (MST1/2), and large tumour suppressor 1/2 (LATS1/2), together with the adaptor proteins Salvador homologue 1 (SAV1) and MOB kinase activator 1 (MOB1), tightly restricts the activities of homologous oncoproteins Yes-associated protein (YAP) and transcriptional co-activator with PDZ-binding motif (TAZ) to low levels. However, how the Hippo kinase cassette core components are simultaneously inhibited, to exhibit constitutively inactivated Hippo signaling and activated YAP/TAZ in cancer remains puzzling. Herein, we reported that miR-181c directly repressed MST1, LATS2, MOB1 and SAV1 expression in human pancreatic cancer cells. Overexpression of miR-181c induced hyperactivation of the YAP/TAZ and enhanced expression of the Hippo signaling downstream genes CTGF , BIRC5 and BLC2L1 , leading to pancreatic cancer cell survival and chemoresistance in vitro and in vivo . Importantly, high miR-181c levels were significantly correlated with Hippo signaling inactivation in pancreatic cancer samples, and predicted a poor patient overall survival. These findings provide a novel mechanism for Hippo signaling inactivation in cancer, indicating not only a potentially pivotal role for miR-181c in the progression of pancreatic cancer, but also may represent a new therapeutic target and prognostic marker.

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Chen, M., Wang, M., Xu, S., Guo, X., & Jiang, J. (2015). Upregulation of miR-181c contributes to chemoresistance in pancreatic cancer by inactivating the Hippo signaling pathway. Oncotarget, 6(42). https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.6298

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