MiR-5100 promotes tumor growth in lung cancer by targeting Rab6

Haili Huang, Yun Jiang, Yahong Wang, Ting Chen, Lawei Yang, Huijuan He, Ziying Lin, Tie Liu, Teng Yang, David W. Kamp, Bin Wu, Gang Liu*

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Our previous study demonstrated that microRNA 5100 (miR-5100) is overexpressed in lung cancer tissues; however, the function of miR-5100 remained elusive. In this study, we demonstrate that miR-5100 is highly expressed in a wide variety of lung cancer tissues and lung cancer cell lines. Exogenous expression of miR-5100 in A549 and H1299 lung cancer cells enhanced proliferation and colony formation, and conversely, suppression of miR-5100 exhibited inhibitory effects. Furthermore, we demonstrate that miR-5100 promotes tumor growth in nude mice. These effects may result from the ability of miR-5100 to promote G1/S transition and downregulate cyclin D1 and cyclin-dependent kinases 2 (CDK2) expressions in lung cancer stable cells. Using a bioinformatics target prediction tool, we identified Rab6 as a potential target of miR-5100. Consistently, overexpression of miR-5100 specifically reduced the expression of a luciferase reporter containing the predicted binding site from the 3'untranslated region (3'UTR) of Rab6 and decreased the accumulation of endogenous Rab6 in A549 and H1299 cells. Moreover, exogenous expression of Rab6 compromised the effects of miR-5100 on cell proliferation and colony formation. Our data suggest that miR-5100 promotes tumor growth by facilitating the G1/S transition and targeting Rab6.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-24
Number of pages10
JournalCancer Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015


  • Cell proliferation
  • Lung cancer
  • MiR-5100
  • Nude mice
  • Rab6

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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