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The miRNA pull out assay as a method to validate the miR-28-5p targets identified in other tumor contexts in prostate cancer

miR-28-5p is an intragenic miRNA which is underexpressed in several tumor types showing a tumor suppressor (TS) activity. Routinely, the known miR-28-5p targets are validated in specific tumor contexts but it is unclear whether these targets are also being regulated in other tumor types. To this end, we adopted the miRNA pull out assay to capture the miR-28-5p targets in DU-145 prostate cancer (PCa) cells. Firstly, we demonstrated that miR-28-5p acts as a TS-miRNA in PCa, affecting cell proliferation, survival, and apoptosis. Secondly, we evaluated the enrichment of the 10 validated miR-28-5p targets in the pull out sample. We showed that E2F6, TEX-261, MAPK1, MPL, N4BP1, and RAP1B but not BAG1, OTUB1, MAD2L1, and p21 were significantly enriched, suggesting that not all the miR-28-5p targets are regulated by this miRNA in PCa. We then verified whether the miR-28-5p-interacting targets were regulated by this miRNA. We selected E2F6, the most enriched target in the pull out sample, and demonstrated that miR-28-5p downregulated E2F6 at the protein level suggesting that our approach was effective. In general terms, these findings support the miRNA pull out assay as a useful method to identify context-specific miRNA targets.

International Journal of Genomics, 2017

Autori esterni: Milena Rizzo (IFC), Gabriele Berti (IFC), Monica Evangelista (IFC), Giuseppe Rainaldi (IFC)
Autori IIT:

Francesco Russo

Foto di Francesco Russo

Tipo: Contributo in rivista ISI
Area di disciplina: Information Technology and Communication Systems

File: PAPER-IJOG-2016-5214806.pdf

Attività: Biologia computazionale