Oncology reports

MicroRNA-605 functions as a tumor suppressor by targeting INPP4B in melanoma.

PMID 28656250


MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play crucial roles in the initiation and progression of various cancers, including melanoma. Recently, the genetic variants and deregulation of miR-605 have been reported to participate in carcinogenesis. However, the expression status of the miR-605 in melanoma tissues and its role in melanoma progression remain unknown. In this study, we found that miR-605 was significantly downregulated in melanoma cell lines and clinical specimens. Further function studies demonstrated that miR-605 suppressed melanoma cell growth both in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, INPP4B gene was identified as a target of miR-605 through bioinformatics analysis and luciferase reporter assays. Further analysis demonstrated that the inhibition of INPP4B mediated SGK3 activation was required for the suppressive role of miR-605 on melanomas cell growth. Collectively, our data suggest that miR-605 functions as a tumor suppressor by negatively regulating INPP4B mediated SGK3 activation in melanoma and may present a potential target for therapeutic intervention.