miR-133b regulates the MET proto-oncogene and inhibits the growth of colorectal cancer cells in vitro and in vivo

Cancer Biol Ther. 2010 Jul 15;10(2):190-7. doi: 10.4161/cbt.10.2.12186. Epub 2010 Jul 27.


Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the leading causes of cancer-related mortality worldwide. MicroRNAs (miRs) are single-stranded, noncoding RNAs that are important in many biological processes. Although the oncogenic and tumor-suppressive functions of several miRs have been characterized, their precise biological roles remain largely unexplored. In the present study, the role of miR-133b was identified in the regulation of CRC cell proliferation and apoptosis. miR-133b expression was shown to be greatly downregulated in human CRC cells compared to normal colon cells. Downregulation of miR-133b expression was also significant in six of eight human CRC tissues compared with adjacent normal tissues. In the CRC cell lines SW-620 and HT-29, ectopic expression of miR-133b potently affected tumor cell proliferation and apoptosis in vitro and in vivo by direct targeting of the receptor tyrosine kinase MET. Transfection of SW-620 and HT-29 cells with miR-133b significantly suppressed a luciferase-reporter containing the MET-3'-untranslated region. Taken together, these results provide evidence that miR-133b regulated tumor cell proliferation and apoptosis through modulation of the MET signaling pathway.

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Animals
  • Apoptosis
  • Carcinoma / genetics*
  • Carcinoma / metabolism
  • Carcinoma / pathology
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Down-Regulation
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Mice, Nude
  • MicroRNAs / genetics*
  • MicroRNAs / physiology*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-met / genetics*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-met / metabolism
  • RNA, Neoplasm / genetics
  • Receptors, Growth Factor / genetics*
  • Receptors, Growth Factor / metabolism
  • Signal Transduction
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Tumor Burden
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured


  • MIRN133 microRNA, human
  • MicroRNAs
  • RNA, Neoplasm
  • Receptors, Growth Factor
  • MET protein, human
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-met