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Authors Chu YH, Hardin H, Schneider DF, Chen H, Lloyd RV
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Journal Exp. Mol. Pathol. Volume: 103 Issue: 2 Pages: 229-236
Publish Date 2017 Oct
PubMed ID 29107050

Non-coding RNAs, including microRNAs (miRNAs) and long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), are well-recognized post-transcriptional regulators of gene expression. This study examines the expression of microRNA-21 (miR-21) and lncRNA MALAT1 in medullary thyroid carcinomas (MTCs) and their effects on tumor behavior.Tissue microarrays (TMAs) were constructed using normal thyroid (n=39), primary tumors (N=39) and metastatic MTCs (N=18) from a total of 42 MTC cases diagnosed between 1987 and 2016. In situ hybridization with probes for miR-21 and MALAT1 was performed. PCR quantification of expression was performed in a subset of normal thyroid (N=10) and primary MTCs (N=32). An MTC-derived cell line (MZ-CRC-1) was transfected with small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) targeting miR-21 and MALAT1 to determine the effects on cell proliferation and invasion.In situ hybridization (ISH) showed strong (2+ to 3+) expression of miR-21 in 17 (44%) primary MTCs and strong MALAT1 expression in 37 (95%) primary MTCs. Real-time PCR expression of miR-21 (P<0.001) and MALAT1 (P=0.038) in primary MTCs were significantly higher than in normal thyroid, supporting the ISH findings. Experiments with siRNAs showed inhibition of miR-21 and MALAT1 expression in the MTC-derived cell line, leading to significant decreases in cell proliferation (P<0.05) and invasion (P<0.05).There is increased expression of miR-21 and MALAT1 in MTCs. This study also showed an in vitro pro-oncogenic effect of MALAT1 and miR-21 in MTCs. The results suggest that overexpression of miR-21 and MALAT1 may regulate MTC progression. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System