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      miR-29b sensitizes multiple myeloma cells to bortezomib-induced apoptosis through the activation of a feedback loop with the transcription factor Sp1


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          MicroRNAs (miRNAs) with tumor-suppressor potential might have therapeutic applications in multiple myeloma (MM) through the modulation of still undiscovered molecular pathways. Here, we investigated the effects of enforced expression of miR-29b on the apoptotic occurrence in MM and highlighted its role in the context of a new transcriptional loop that is finely tuned by the proteasome inhibitor bortezomib. In details, in vitro growth inhibition and apoptosis of MM cells was induced by either transient expression of synthetic miR-29b or its stable lentivirus-enforced expression. We identified Sp1, a transcription factor endowed with oncogenic activity, as a negative regulator of miR-29b expression in MM cells. Since Sp1 expression and functions are regulated via the 26S proteasome, we investigated the effects of bortezomib on miR-29b-Sp1 loop, showing that miR-29b levels were indeed upregulated by the drug. At the same time, the bortezomib/miR-29b combination produced significant pro-apoptotic effects. We also demonstrated that the PI3K/AKT pathway plays a major role in the regulation of miR-29b-Sp1 loop and induction of apoptosis in MM cells. Finally, MM xenografts constitutively expressing miR-29b showed significant reduction of their tumorigenic potential. Our findings indicate that miR-29b is involved in a regulatory loop amenable of pharmacologic intervention and modulates the anti-MM activity of bortezomib in MM cells.

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                Cell Death Dis
                Cell Death Dis
                Cell Death & Disease
                Nature Publishing Group
                November 2012
                29 November 2012
                1 November 2012
                : 3
                : 11
                : e436
                [1 ]Medical Oncology, Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Magna Graecia University and T Campanella Cancer Center, Salvatore Venuta Campus , Catanzaro, Italy
                [2 ]Department of Medical Sciences, University of Milan, Hematology 1, IRCCS Policlinico Foundation , Milan, Italy
                [3 ]Pathology Unit, Magna Graecia University , Catanzaro, Italy
                [4 ]Department of Medical Oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School , Boston, MA, USA
                [5 ]Boston Veterans Administration Healthcare System, West Roxbury , Boston, MA, USA
                [6 ]Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and General Pathology, Second University of Naples , Naples, Italy
                [7 ]Hematology Unit, Azienda Ospedaliera Annunziata , Cosenza, Italy
                [8 ]Division of Medical Oncology C, Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca sul Cancro, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Genoa , Genoa, Italy
                [9 ]Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, Center for Biotechnology, College of Science and Technology, Temple University , Philadelphia, PA, USA
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                [* ]Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, Magna Graecia University, T Campanella Cancer Center, Salvatore Venuta Campus , Catanzaro 88100, Italy. Tel: +39 0961 3697029; Fax: +39 0961 3697341; E-mail: tassone@ 123456unicz.it
                Copyright © 2012 Macmillan Publishers Limited

                This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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                Cell biology

                multiple myeloma, sp1, mir-29b, mirnas, bortezomib, plasma cell leukemia, microrna


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