XRN2 promotes EMT and metastasis through regulating maturation of miR-10a

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Abstract

MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been proposed as critical regulatory molecules in the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) program. However, the roles of mature miRNA biogenesis during EMT process needs to be defined. Here we determined that increased expression of XRN2 induced EMT and promoted metastasis in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, we uncovered that XRN2 functions as pro-metastatic gene, which accelerates miR-10a maturation by binding pre-miR-10a in a DICER-independent manner. These findings suggest that XRN2 is a novel regulator of EMT that contributes to the metastatic processes in lung cancer through a novel miRNA regulatory mechanism.

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