Tumour biology : the journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine

miR-139-5p suppresses cancer cell migration and invasion through targeting ZEB1 and ZEB2 in GBM.

PMID 25833697


Invasion and migration of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a multistep process and an important phenotype that causes this disease to invade surrounding tissues in the brain. Recent studies have highlighted that miRNAs play a pivotal role in controlling GBM cell plasticity. In this report, we used wound healing and transwell assays to identify a novel role of miR-139-5p in inhibition of GBM cell migration and invasion. Bioinformatics coupled with luciferase and Western blot assays also revealed that miR-139-5p inhibited expression of ZEB1 and ZEB2, which are master regulators of tumor metastasis. MiR-139-5p specifically interacts with the 3'-UTR regions of ZEB1 and ZEB2, attenuating their expression in GBM cells. To corroborate this finding, we rescued ZEB1 and ZEB2 expression and found partial but significant increases in miR-139-5p-suppressed invasion of GBM cells. The biological relevance of our study was validated by analyzing levels of miR-139-5p in GBM tissue. We found that its expression significantly downregulated compared to normal tissue and shorter overall survival rates in patients with lower miR-139-5p expression. These results confirm that miR-139-5p suppresses GBM migration and invasion and highlight its potential as a biomarker and therapeutic target for treating GBM.