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      Reciprocal regulation of miR‐206 and IL‐6/STAT3 pathway mediates IL6‐induced gefitinib resistance in EGFR‐mutant lung cancer cells

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          Persistently activated IL‐6/STAT3 pathway promotes acquired resistance to targeted therapy with epidermal growth factor receptor‐tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR‐TKIs) in non–small‐cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treatment. miR‐206 has been verified to be dysregulated and plays as a negative regulator in lung cancer. However, whether miR‐206 may overcome IL6‐induced gefitinib resistance in EGFR‐mutant lung cancer remains elusive. In this study, we investigated the role of miR‐206 in IL6‐induced gefitinib‐resistant EGFR‐mutated lung cancer cell lines. We showed that forced miR‐206 expression restored gefitinib sensitivity in IL6‐induced gefitinib‐resistant EGFR‐mutant lung cancer cells by inhibiting IL6/JAK1/STAT3 pathway. Specifically, mechanistic investigations revealed that miR‐206 blocked IL‐6/STAT3 signalling via directly targeting the 3'‐UTR of intracellular IL‐6 messenger RNA. Moreover, IL‐6 induced miR‐206 down‐regulation by reducing the cropping process of primary miR‐206 (pri‐miR‐206) into the Drosha/DGCR8 complex. Taken together, our findings reveal a direct role of miR‐206 in regulating IL‐6/STAT3 pathway and contrarily activated IL‐6/STAT3 signalling mediates the miR‐206 maturation process in gefitinib‐resistant EGFR‐mutant lung cancer cells.

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                J Cell Mol Med
                J. Cell. Mol. Med
                Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                10 September 2019
                November 2019
                : 23
                : 11 ( doiID: 10.1111/jcmm.v23.11 )
                : 7331-7341
                [ 1 ] Department of Pathology, Qilu Hospital Shandong University Jinan China
                [ 2 ] Department of Pathology Qingdao Municipal Hospital Qingdao China
                [ 3 ] Department of Pathology The Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University Qingdao China
                [ 4 ] Department of Pathology The Third People's Hospital of Qingdao Qingdao China
                [ 5 ] Center Laboratory Qingdao Municipal Hospital Qingdao China
                [ 6 ] Department of Pathology, School of Basic Medical Sciences Shandong University Jinan China
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                [* ] Correspondence

                Tingguo Zhang, Department of Pathology, Qilu Hospital, Shandong University, NO.44, Wenhuaxi Road, Jinan City, Shandong Province, China.

                Email: ztguo@ 123456sdu.edu.cn

                © 2019 The Authors. Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd and Foundation for Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

                This is an open access article under the terms of the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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                Figures: 5, Tables: 0, Pages: 11, Words: 6142
                Funded by: Qingdao Science and Technology Bureau
                Award ID: 13-1-4-129-jch
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                Molecular medicine

                gefitinib, il‐6, mir‐206, stat3


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