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miR-1 association with cell proliferation inhibition and apoptosis in vestibular schwannoma by targeting VEGFA

Author(s): S.L. Li, X.H. Ma, J.F. Ji, H. Li, W. Liu, F.Z. Lu, S.T. Wu and Y. Zhang

A growing body of research has demonstrated the tumor suppressive function of microRNA (miR)-1 in many cancers. Our study aimed to investigate its role in vestibular schwannoma (VS). We examined miR-1 expression in 95 VS specimens and 79 normal vestibular nerves using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. Moreover, miR-1 mimics, miR-1 inhibitors, and negative control oligonucleotides were transfected into HEI-193 human VS cells to investigate the functional significance of miR-1 expression in this condition at a cellular level. Finally, the role of vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) in miR-1-mediated HEI-193 cell growth was confirmed. miR-1 levels were significantly reduced in VS specimens compared with normal vestibular nerve tissues (P < 0.001). In addition, low levels of miR-1 were associated with larger tumor volumes. In functional assays, miR-1 suppressed HEI-193 cell proliferation and colony formation, and enhanced apoptosis. VEGFA was verified as a target gene of miR-1, and VEGFA overexpression partially negated the effects of miR-1 on HEI-193 cells. These findings suggest that miR-1 suppresses VS growth by targeting VEGFA, and should be considered as a potential therapeutic target for treatment of this condition.