MicroRNA-138 suppresses glioblastoma proliferation through downregulation of CD44

Margaret Yeh, Yin Ying Wang, Ji Young Yoo, Christina Oh, Yoshihiro Otani, Jin Muk Kang, Eun S. Park, Eunhee Kim, Sangwoon Chung, Young Jun Jeon, George A. Calin, Balveen Kaur, Zhongming Zhao, Tae Jin Lee

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Tumor suppressive microRNAs (miRNAs) are increasingly implicated in the development of anti-tumor therapy by reprogramming gene network that are aberrantly regulated in cancer cells. This study aimed to determine the therapeutic potential of putative tumor suppressive miRNA, miR-138, against glioblastoma (GBM). Whole transcriptome and miRNA expression profiling analyses on human GBM patient tissues identified miR-138 as one of the significantly downregulated miRNAs with an inverse correlation with CD44 expression. Transient overexpression of miR-138 in GBM cells inhibited cell proliferation, cell cycle, migration, and wound healing capability. We unveiled that miR-138 negatively regulates the expression of CD44 by directly binding to the 3′ UTR of CD44. CD44 inhibition by miR-138 resulted in an inhibition of glioblastoma cell proliferation in vitro through cell cycle arrest as evidenced by a significant induction of p27 and its translocation into nucleus. Ectopic expression of miR-138 also increased survival rates in mice that had an intracranial xenograft tumor derived from human patient-derived primary GBM cells. In conclusion, we demonstrated a therapeutic potential of tumor suppressive miR-138 through direct downregulation of CD44 for the treatment of primary GBM.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9219
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes

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