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eISSN: 1643-3750

microRNA-205 and microRNA-338-3p Reduces Cell Apoptosis in Prostate Carcinoma Tissue and LNCaP Prostate Carcinoma Cells by Directly Targeting the B-Cell Lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) Gene

Xi Zhang, Yuliang Pan, Huiqun Fu, Juan Zhang

Department of Oncology, The Third Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China (mainland)

Med Sci Monit 2019; 25:1122-1132

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.912148

Available online: 2019-02-11

Published: 2019-02-11


BACKGROUND: The inhibitor of apoptosis, B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2), is encoded by the BCL2 gene. Previous studies have shown that microRNAs are downregulated in prostate cancer. This study aimed to investigate the role of microRNA-205 and microRNA-338-3p and cell apoptosis in prostate carcinoma tissue and the LNCaP human prostate adenocarcinoma cell line by directly targeting the BCL2 gene and Bcl-2 protein expression.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Bioinformatics methods predicted the target genes of miR-205 and miR-338-3p, which were validated by a luciferase assay. Immunohistochemistry was used to detect Bcl-2 protein expression in 30 samples of prostate carcinoma tissue and 30 matched samples of normal prostate. The normal prostate epithelial cell line, RWPE-1, and LNCaP human prostate adenocarcinoma cells studied in vitro. BCL2 mRNA expression and Bcl-2 protein expression were determined by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (q-PCR) and Western blot, respectively. Cell apoptosis was measured by flow cytometry using annexin V, fluorescein isothiocyanate, and phycoerythrin (annexin V-FITC/PE).
RESULTS: TargetScan Human 7.2 predicted that the structures of miR-205 and miR-338-3p had a binding site on the proto-oncogene, BCL2, which was verified by a luciferase assay. The expression of miR-205 and miR-338-3p were significantly downregulated in prostate carcinoma tissues and LNCaP cells when compared with normal controls. BCL2 expression was significantly inhibited by overexpression of miR-205 and miR-338-3p in LNCaP cells.
CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study showed that miR-205 and miR-338-3p downregulated the expression of the BCL2 gene and decreased apoptosis in prostate carcinoma.

Keywords: Genes, bcl-2, Prostatic Neoplasms