MiR-222-3p Promotes Cell Proliferation and Inhibits Apoptosis by Targeting PUMA (BBC3) in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer

Chen W and Li X. Technol Cancer Res Treat 2020.


MicroRNAs have been demonstrated to be critical regulators in tumor progression, including non-small cell lung cancer. MicroRNA-222-3p has been reported to function as a tumor suppressor or oncogene in several types of cancer, but its function role in non-small cell lung cancer has not been uncovered. In this study, we first found the expression of microRNA-222-3p was significantly increased in non-small cell lung cancer tissues and cell lines. MicroRNA-222-3p inhibitor decreased the activity of

non-small cell lung cancer cells to proliferate and increased cell apoptosis using cell counting kit-8, flow cytometry, and caspase-3 activity analysis. Overexpressed microRNA-222-3p in non-small cell lung cancer cells promoted cell proliferation, but decreased cell apoptosis. Moreover, Bcl-2-binding component 3 was the target gene of microRNA-222-3p, and its knockdown weakened the regulatory effect of microRNA-222-3p inhibitor on cell proliferation and apoptosis in non-small cell lung cancer cells. In conclusion, microRNA-222-3p plays a significant role in the regulation of Bcl-2-binding component 3 expression and might be a promising target for clinical non-small cell lung cancer therapy.