Overexpression of miR-30a in lung adenocarcinoma A549 cell line inhibits migration and invasion via targeting EYA2

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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small non-coding RNAs and closely related to the pathogenesis of cancers. Increasing evidence indicates that miR-30a plays a profound role during the development of cancers. However, the functions of miR-30a in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are still ambiguous. Here we found that miR-30a was decreased in lung adenocarcinoma A549 cells and in tissue samples from 14 patients by qRT-PCR, and also found that overexpression of miR-30a in A549 cells inhibited migration and invasion but not cell proliferation and cell cycle progression by wound-healing assay, matrigel invasion assay, MTS-based cell proliferation assay, and flow cytometry-based cell cycle analysis, respectively. We further explored the potential mechanism of miR-30a-mediated gene regulation in lung adenocarcinoma cell lines. EYA2 is a predicted target of miR-30a, and it has been found that EYA2 expression is inhibited by miR-30a in breast cancer cells. We demonstrated that EYA2 is a direct target of miR-30a by using the dual-luciferase reporter assay in A549 cells and showed that EYA2 protein levels are inversely correlated with miR-30a expression in A549 and BEAS-2B cells. In addition, we also confirmed the rescue effects of EYA2 overexpression in A549 cells by cotransfection with EYA2 expression vector and miR-30a mimics. Taken together, our results demonstrate that overexpression of miR-30a in lung adenocarcinoma A549 cells can inhibit cell migration and invasion, which is partially attributed to the decrease of EYA2 expression. Our findings suggest that miR-30a may be used as a new potential target for the treatment of lung adenocarcinoma in the future.

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