J Cell Mol Med. 2020 Oct 22. doi: 10.1111/jcmm.16003. Online ahead of print.
Insulin-like growth factor-2 messenger RNA-binding protein 3 (IGF2BP3) has been reported to contribute to tumorigenesis in several human cancers. However, the biological functions of IGF2BP3 in bladder cancer are poorly understood. We investigated the relation between IGF2BP3 expression and prognosis of bladder cancer patients. Cell proliferation, cell cycle and cell apoptosis assays were performed to assess IGF2BP3 functions. The results showed that IGF2BP3 was overexpressed in bladder cancer
tissues compared with that in normal bladder tissues, and its higher expression was closely correlated with poor prognosis in bladder cancer patients. Overexpression of IGF2BP3 markedly promoted cell proliferation and cell cycle progression and inhibited cell apoptosis, while knockdown of IGF2BP3 notably suppressed the proliferation, promoted cell apoptosis and induced cell cycle arrest at the G0/G1 phase. Mechanistically, we revealed that IGF2BP3 promotes the activation of the JAK/STAT pathway in bladder cancer cells. Moreover, the JAK/STAT inhibitor dramatically blocked the tumour-promoting activity of IGF2BP3. Tumour growth in vivo was also suppressed by knocking down of IGF2BP3. Hence, IGF2BP3 facilitated bladder cancer cell proliferation by activating the JAK/STAT signalling pathway. These findings suggest that IGF2BP3 exhibits an oncogenic effect in human bladder cancer progression.