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01.12.2012 | Research | Ausgabe 1/2012 Open Access

Molecular Cancer 1/2012

Regulation of colony stimulating factor-1 expression and ovarian cancer cell behavior in vitro by miR-128 and miR-152

Molecular Cancer > Ausgabe 1/2012
Ho-Hyung Woo, Csaba F László, Stephen Greco, Setsuko K Chambers
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1476-4598-11-58) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
Ho-Hyung Woo, Csaba F László contributed equally to this work.

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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

HHW and CFL carried out most of the experiments including the quantitative real-time qRT-PCR for CSF-1 mRNA, miR-128 and miR-152 as well as the overexpression and suppression of miRNAs and wrote the manuscript. SG performed the WST-1 cell proliferation assay. HHW and SKC discussed the design of the experiments, the results, the analysis, and wrote the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.



Colony stimulating factor-1 (CSF-1) plays an important role in ovarian cancer biology and as a prognostic factor in ovarian cancer. Elevated levels of CSF-1 promote progression of ovarian cancer, by binding to CSF-1R (the tyrosine kinase receptor encoded by c-fms proto-oncogene).
Post-transcriptional regulation of CSF-1 mRNA by its 3’ untranslated region (3’UTR) has been studied previously. Several cis-acting elements in 3’UTR are involved in post-transcriptional regulation of CSF-1 mRNA. These include conserved protein-binding motifs as well as miRNA targets. miRNAs are 21-23nt single strand RNA which bind the complementary sequences in mRNAs, suppressing translation and enhancing mRNA degradation.


In this report, we investigate the effect of miRNAs on post-transcriptional regulation of CSF-1 mRNA in human ovarian cancer. Bioinformatics analysis predicts at least 14 miRNAs targeting CSF-1 mRNA 3’UTR. By mutations in putative miRNA targets in CSF-1 mRNA 3’UTR, we identified a common target for both miR-128 and miR-152. We have also found that both miR-128 and miR-152 down-regulate CSF-1 mRNA and protein expression in ovarian cancer cells leading to decreased cell motility and adhesion in vitro, two major aspects of the metastatic potential of cancer cells.


The major CSF-1 mRNA 3’UTR contains a common miRNA target which is involved in post-transcriptional regulation of CSF-1. Our results provide the evidence for a mechanism by which miR-128 and miR-152 down-regulate CSF-1, an important regulator of ovarian cancer.
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