Research Paper Volume 14, Issue 14 pp 5878—5894

MBD1/HDAC3-miR-5701-FGFR2 axis promotes the development of gastric cancer

Changan Zhao1,2, *, , Jiyu Miao3, *, , Ruifang Sun1, *, , Rui Liang4, , Wenhu Chen5, , Yi Gao6, , Xiaofei Wang2, , Shuiping Han1, , Wenbao Zhao1, , Ting Lei1, , Chen Huang2,7, ,

  • 1 Department of Pathology, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Xi’an Jiaotong University Health Science Center, Xi’an 710061, Shaanxi Province, P.R. China
  • 2 Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Translational Medicine Institute, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710061, Shaanxi Province, P.R. China
  • 3 Department of Hematology, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710000, Shaanxi Province, P.R. China
  • 4 Department of Hepatobiliary Chest Surgery, Shaanxi Provincial Corps Hospital of Chinese People’s Armed Police Force, Xi’an 710054, Shaanxi Province, P.R. China
  • 5 School of Basic Medical Sciences and Forensic Medicine, Hangzhou Medical College, Hangzhou 310053, Zhejiang Province, P.R. China
  • 6 Department of Cell Biology and Genetics, Medical School of Yan’an University, Yan’an 716000, Shaanxi Province, P.R. China
  • 7 Department of Cell Biology and Genetics, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710061, Shaanxi Province, P.R. China
* Equal contribution

Received: November 17, 2021       Accepted: July 8, 2022       Published: July 22, 2022
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Gastric cancer (GC) remains one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide due to the lack of specific biomarkers for the early diagnosis and universal accepted therapy for advanced GC. Lower levels of miR-5701 were found in the GC tissue from the online sequencing data and confirmed in the GC tissues and GC cell lines. Overexpression of miR-5701 inhibited the proliferation and migration of GC cells and promoted the apoptosis of these cells. Bioinformatics analyses and luciferase assay showed that miR-5701 targeted FGFR2, which acted as an oncogene in GC. Nude mice with GC cells overexpressing miR-5701 exhibited smaller tumor sizes and less lung metastases. The miR-5701 expression was directly, transcriptionally inhibited by MBD1 together with HDAC3 by binding together to form a complex. Knocked down MBD1 or HDAC3 increased the miR-5701 expression. These results indicated the potential use of exogenously administered miR-5701 or agents that elevated endogenous miR-5701 to inhibit GC, improving the prognosis of patients with GC.


miRNA: microRNA; DNMT3A: DNA methyltransferase 3A; TRD: transcriptional repression domain; FBS: Fetal Bovine Serum; siRNA: small interfering RNA; FGFR2: fibroblast growth factor receptor 2; TCGA: the cancer genome atlas; PMSF: Phenylmethanesulfonyl fluoride; TBST: TBS with Tween-20.