MicroRNA-106a induces multidrug resistance in gastric cancer by targeting RUNX3

FEBS Lett. 2013 Sep 17;587(18):3069-75. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2013.06.058. Epub 2013 Aug 8.


Multidrug resistance (MDR) is the main barrier to the success of chemotherapy for gastric cancer (GC). miR-106a, which is highly expressed in GC, influences a variety of aspects of GC. However, the function of miR-106a in MDR of GC still remains unclear. In the present study, we found that miR-106a is elevated in MDR cell lines. miR-106a promotes chemo-resistance of GC cells, accelerates ADR efflux, and suppresses drug-induced apoptosis. Finally, we show that runt-related trans factor 3 (RUNX3) is the functional target of miR-106a. Collectively, these findings demonstrate that miR-106a may promote MDR in GC cells by targeting RUNX3.

Keywords: Gastric cancer; Multidrug resistance; Runt-related transcription factor 3; miR-106a.

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / genetics*
  • Adenocarcinoma / metabolism
  • Adenocarcinoma / pathology
  • Antineoplastic Agents / pharmacology
  • Apoptosis / drug effects
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Core Binding Factor Alpha 3 Subunit / genetics*
  • Core Binding Factor Alpha 3 Subunit / metabolism
  • Drug Resistance, Neoplasm / drug effects*
  • Drug Resistance, Neoplasm / genetics
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic*
  • Genes, Reporter
  • Humans
  • Luciferases
  • MicroRNAs / genetics*
  • MicroRNAs / metabolism
  • Signal Transduction
  • Stomach Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Stomach Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Stomach Neoplasms / pathology


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Core Binding Factor Alpha 3 Subunit
  • MIRN106 microRNA, human
  • MicroRNAs
  • Runx3 protein, mouse
  • Luciferases