The effect of miR-340 over-expression on cell-cycle-related genes in triple-negative breast cancer cells

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Breast cancer is a heterogeneous disease, and among all types, triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is characterised by high risk of recurrence. The discovery of microRNAs (miRNA) has opened the door for targeted therapy of TNBC. miR-340 down-regulation and sub-G1-accumulated cells in flowcytometry were observed in metastatic TNBC cells (data in publication), leading us to investigate the potential tumour suppressive role of this miRNA on cell-cycle-related genes. A lentiviral vector containing miR-340 was applied to over-express miR-340 in TNBC cell line, MDA-MB-231. Then, the expression of some cell-cycle-regulating genes including cyclin A2 (cyclin A2), Cyclin-dependent kinases 2 (CDK2), cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors (P16, P18 and P27), Retinoblastoma (RB) and transcription factors (SMAD 4, SOX2 and SOX17) was investigated using quantitative RT-PCR. The results showed a decline in the expression of SOX2, P16 and P27 after miR-340 over-expression, whereas we observed an increase in the expression of cyclin A2, CDK2, SOX17, P18, SMAD 4 and RB. The over-expression of tumour suppressor genes such as RB and SOX17 and down-regulation of an oncogene such as SOX2 were in accordance to the inhibitory role of miR-340 that causes blockage of breast cancer metastasis which should be further investigated.

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