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MicroRNA-107 promotes proliferation of gastric cancer cells by targeting cyclin dependent kinase 8

Yan-qiang Song, Xu-hui Ma, Gui-liang Ma, Bin Lin, Chao Liu, Quan-jiang Deng and Wen-ping Lv*

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Department of general surgery, Qingdao Municipal Hospital (East), Medical College of Qingdao University, No.5 Donghai Middle Road, Qingdao 266071, People¿s Republic of China

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Diagnostic Pathology 2014, 9:164  doi:10.1186/s13000-014-0164-1

Published: 28 August 2014



The biological processes and molecular mechanisms underlying miR-107 remain unclear in gastric cancer(GC). In this study, we aimed to investigate the expression, biological functions and mechanisms of miR-107 in GC.


Quantitative real-time RT-PCR was used to test miR-107 expression. MTT and colony formation assays were conducted to explore the potential function of miR-107 in human GC cell line SGC7901. The target gene was determined by bioinformatic algorithms, dual luciferase reporter assay, RT-PCR and Western blot.


Expression of miR-107 was significantly elevated in GC cell line than that in gastric epithelial cell line(p?=?0.012). We found that miR-107 inhibitor transfection significantly decreased the proliferation of GC cell line, and clone formation rate of miR-107 inhibitor transfected group was significantly lower than that of control group. Luciferase assays using a reporter carrying a putative miR-107 target site in the 3?untranslated region (3?-UTR) of cyclin dependent kinase 8 (CDK8) revealed that miR-107 directly targets CDK8. The expression level of CDK8 mRNA and protein in miR-107 inhibitor transfected GC cell line was significantly decreased compared with control group.


Our findings indicate that miR-107 is upregulated in GC and affects the proliferation of GC cells, partially through the regulation of CDK8.

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MiRNA-107; Proliferation; CDK8; Gastric cancer