miR-26a suppresses osteosarcoma migration and invasion by directly targeting HMGA1.Oncol Lett. 2018 Jun; 15(6):8303-8310.OL
Osteosarcoma (OS) is identified as the most commonly diagnosed malignant cancer of bone, and has approximately three million new cases annually. miR-26a plays an important role in the development of various types of cancer. We investigated whether miR-26a can regulate the migration and invasion of OS by targeting high-mobility group A1 HMGA1. Western blot analysis was used to identify the changes of protein levels. Reverse transcription-quantitative PCR was used to test expression levels of genes and miR-26a. Luciferase reporter assay was used to test the specific target gene of miR-26a. Transwell assay was employed to determine the migration and invasion of OS cell lines. In the present study, miRNA-26a was frequently downregulated in OS tissues and cells. Overexpression of miR-26a inhibited cell migration and invasion in vitro. In addition, miR-26a downregulated HMGA1 by targeting its 3'-UTR and knockdown of HMGA1 significantly suppressed the migration and invasion of two osteosarcoma cell lines in vitro. miR-26a suppressed the migration and invasion of OS cells by targeting HMGA1, suggesting that miR-26a/HMGA1 axis provides a new prospective therapeutic strategy for OS.