Sequential analysis of multistage hepatocarcinogenesis reveals that miR-100 and PLK1 dysregulation is an early event maintained along tumor progression

A. Petrelli, A. Perra, K. Schernhuber, M. Cargnelutti, A. Salvi, C. Migliore, E. Ghiso, A. Benetti, S. Barlati, G. M. Ledda-Columbano, N. Portolani, G. De Petro, A. Columbano, S. Giordano

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Abstract

MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have an important role in a wide range of physiological and pathological processes, and their dysregulation has been reported to affect the development and progression of cancers, including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, in the plethora of dysregulated miRNAs, it is largely unknown which of them have a causative role in the hepatocarcinogenic process. In the present study, we first aimed to determine changes in the expression profile of miRNAs in human HCCs and to compare them with liver tumors generated in a rat model of chemically induced HCC. We found that members of the miR-100 family (miR-100, miR-99a) were downregulated in human HCCs; a similar downregulation was also observed in rat HCCs. Their reduction was paralleled by an increased expression of polo like kinase 1 (PLK1), a target of these miRNAs. The introduction of miR-100 in HCC cells impaired their growth ability and their capability to form colonies in soft agar. Next, we aimed at investigating, in the same animal model, if dysregulation of miR-100 and PLK1 is an early or late event along the multistep process of hepatocarcinogenesis. The obtained results showed that miR-100 downregulation (i) is already evident in very early preneoplastic lesions generated 9 weeks after carcinogenic treatment; (ii) is also observed in adenomas and early HCCs; and (iii) is not simply a marker of proliferating hepatocytes. To our knowledge, this is the first work unveiling the role of a miRNA family along HCC progression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4517-4526
Number of pages10
JournalOncogene
Volume31
Issue number42
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 18 2012

Keywords

  • animal model
  • HCC
  • hepatocarcinogenesis
  • miRNA
  • PLK1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Research
  • Genetics

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    Petrelli, A., Perra, A., Schernhuber, K., Cargnelutti, M., Salvi, A., Migliore, C., Ghiso, E., Benetti, A., Barlati, S., Ledda-Columbano, G. M., Portolani, N., De Petro, G., Columbano, A., & Giordano, S. (2012). Sequential analysis of multistage hepatocarcinogenesis reveals that miR-100 and PLK1 dysregulation is an early event maintained along tumor progression. Oncogene, 31(42), 4517-4526. https://doi.org/10.1038/onc.2011.631