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Mingxin Zhang, Qi Yang, Lingmin Zhang contributed equally to this work.
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
MZ, LZ and QY constructed the manuscript. MZ, LZ and QY were responsible for clinical data and evaluated clinical data; formed analysis of relation between clinical data and survival data. QY, SZ and WY carried out intro experiments. ZL, CH, QW, and JW reviewed the manuscript. All authors read and approval the final manuscript.
ErbB4 expression has been noted in various tumors, but its regulatory mechanism in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) remains unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate whether miR-302b regulates the expression of ErbB4 at the post-transcriptional level and to determine its expression, significance, and function in ESCC.
We used real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction to quantify the expression of miR-302b in 50 ESCC tissues and analyzed its relationship with clinicopathological factors and survival. Then, we investigated the post-transcriptional regulation of ErbB4 expression using immunoblot analysis and luciferase reporter assays. Finally, the effects of miR-302b on proliferation, apoptosis, and invasion of ESCC cells was detected using MTT, flow cytometric analysis, and transwell invasion assays, respectively.
miR-302b was significantly down-regulated and correlated with tumor differentiation and lymph node metastasis in ESCC. Univariate and multivariate analyses indicated that low miR-302b expression might be a poor prognostic factor. Further studies demonstrated that miR-302b post-transcriptionally down-regulated the expression of ErbB4 in vitro. Moreover, miR-302b inhibited proliferation by inducing apoptosis and repressed invasion in the ESCC cell lines.
miR-302b is a potential molecular marker of ESCC and functions as a tumor suppressor by post-transcriptionally regulating ErbB4.
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