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      The Regulation of miRNA-211 Expression and Its Role in Melanoma Cell Invasiveness

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          The immediate molecular mechanisms behind invasive melanoma are poorly understood. Recent studies implicate microRNAs (miRNAs) as important agents in melanoma and other cancers. To investigate the role of miRNAs in melanoma, we subjected human melanoma cell lines to miRNA expression profiling, and report a range of variations in several miRNAs. Specifically, compared with expression levels in melanocytes, levels of miR-211 were consistently reduced in all eight non-pigmented melanoma cell lines we examined; they were also reduced in 21 out of 30 distinct melanoma samples from patients, classified as primary in situ, regional metastatic, distant metastatic, and nodal metastatic. The levels of several predicted target mRNAs of miR-211 were reduced in melanoma cell lines that ectopically expressed miR-211. In vivo target cleavage assays confirmed one such target mRNA encoded by KCNMA1. Mutating the miR-211 binding site seed sequences at the KCNMA1 3′-UTR abolished target cleavage. KCNMA1 mRNA and protein expression levels varied inversely with miR-211 levels. Two different melanoma cell lines ectopically expressing miR-211 exhibited significant growth inhibition and reduced invasiveness compared with the respective parental melanoma cell lines. An shRNA against KCNMA1 mRNA also demonstrated similar effects on melanoma cells. miR-211 is encoded within the sixth intron of TRPM1, a candidate suppressor of melanoma metastasis. The transcription factor MITF, important for melanocyte development and function, is needed for high TRPM1 expression. MITF is also needed for miR-211 expression, suggesting that the tumor-suppressor activities of MITF and/or TRPM1 may at least partially be due to miR-211's negative post transcriptional effects on the KCNMA1 transcript. Given previous reports of high KCNMA1 levels in metastasizing melanoma, prostate cancer and glioma, our findings that miR-211 is a direct posttranscriptional regulator of KCNMA1 expression as well as the dependence of this miRNA's expression on MITF activity, establishes miR-211 as an important regulatory agent in human melanoma.

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              A two-gene expression ratio predicts clinical outcome in breast cancer patients treated with tamoxifen.

              Tamoxifen significantly reduces tumor recurrence in certain patients with early-stage estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, but markers predictive of treatment failure have not been identified. Here, we generated gene expression profiles of hormone receptor-positive primary breast cancers in a set of 60 patients treated with adjuvant tamoxifen monotherapy. An expression signature predictive of disease-free survival was reduced to a two-gene ratio, HOXB13 versus IL17BR, which outperformed existing biomarkers. Ectopic expression of HOXB13 in MCF10A breast epithelial cells enhances motility and invasion in vitro, and its expression is increased in both preinvasive and invasive primary breast cancer. The HOXB13:IL17BR expression ratio may be useful for identifying patients appropriate for alternative therapeutic regimens in early-stage breast cancer.
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                Role: Editor
                Journal
                PLoS One
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                plosone
                PLoS ONE
                Public Library of Science (San Francisco, USA )
                1932-6203
                2010
                1 November 2010
                : 5
                : 11
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, Orlando, Florida, United States of America
                [2 ]Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute, Savannah, Georgia, United States of America
                [3 ]Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States of America
                [4 ]Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, California, United States of America
                Cleveland Clinic, United States of America
                Author notes

                Conceived and designed the experiments: AR RJP. Performed the experiments: JM KD DK AA. Analyzed the data: JM KD EM AA AR RJP. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: JM KD JG RJP. Wrote the paper: JM AR RJP.

                Article
                10-PONE-RA-18715R2
                10.1371/journal.pone.0013779
                2967468
                21072171
                Mazar et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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                Pages: 14
                Categories
                Research Article
                Genetics and Genomics/Cancer Genetics
                Genetics and Genomics/Functional Genomics
                Genetics and Genomics/Gene Discovery
                Genetics and Genomics/Gene Expression

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