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Interactions of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor and p53 with miR-195 in Thyroid Carcinoma: Possible Therapeutic Targets in Aggressive Thyroid Cancers

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Background: The clinical pathological features, as well as the cellular mechanisms of miR-195, have not been investigated in thyroid carcinoma.

Objective: The aim of this study is to identify the interactions of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), p53 and miR-195 in thyroid carcinoma. The clinical and pathological features of miR-195 were also investigated.

Methods: The expression levels of miR-195 were identified in 123 primary thyroid carcinomas, 40 lymph nodes with metastatic papillary thyroid carcinomas and seven non-neoplastic thyroid tissues (controls) as well as two thyroid carcinoma cell lines, B-CPAP (from metastasizing human papillary thyroid carcinoma) and MB-1 (from anaplastic thyroid carcinoma), by the real-time polymerase chain reaction. Using Western blot and immunofluorescence, the effects of exogenous miR-195 on VEGF-A and p53 protein expression levels were examined. Then, cell cycle and apoptosis assays were performed to evaluate the roles of miR-195 in cell cycle progression and apoptosis.

Results: The expression of miR-195 was downregulated in majority of the papillary thyroid carcinoma tissue as well as in cells. Introduction of exogenous miR-195 resulted in downregulation of VEGF-A and upregulation of p53 protein expressions. Upregulation of miR-195 in thyroid carcinoma cells resulted in cell cycle arrest. Moreover, we demonstrated that miR-195 inhibits cell cycle progression by induction of apoptosis in the thyroid carcinoma cells.

Conclusion: Our findings showed for the first time that miR-195 acts as a tumour suppressor and regulates cell cycle progression and apoptosis by targeting VEGF-A and p53 in thyroid carcinoma. The current study exhibited that miR-195 might represent a potential therapeutic target for patients with thyroid carcinomas having aggressive clinical behaviour.
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Keywords: VEGF-A; angiogenesis; miR-195; microRNA; p53; thyroid carcinoma

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2019

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