MicroRNA-127 is downregulated by Tudor-SN protein and contributes to metastasis and proliferation in breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231

Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2013 Dec;296(12):1842-9. doi: 10.1002/ar.22823. Epub 2013 Oct 24.


Tudor-SN is a multifunctional protein that is highly expressed in multiple cancers including breast cancer. Tudor-SN, as a component in RNA-induced splicing complex, was recently reported to regulate gene expression in a microRNA (miRNA)-dependent manner, such as let-7, miR-34a and miR-221. However, how Tudor-SN is associated with cancer development still remains largely elusive. In the present study, we explored the role of Tudor-SN in breast cancer. Stable knockdown of endogenous Tudor-SN, performed on the breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231 by small hairpin RNA expression vectors, suppressed the in vitro migration and invasion ability of the metastatic breast cancer cell line. Interestingly, we found Tudor-SN as a miRNA regulator according to microarray analysis, and further identified that Tudor-SN negatively regulated the expression of miR-127, and consequently increased the expression of the proto-oncogene BCL6 which was a convincing target of miR-127. Moreover, overexpression of miR-127 reduced the in vitro migration and proliferation ability of breast cancer cell MDA-MB-231. Collectively, our results suggested a novel mechanism that Tudor-SN promoted metastasis and proliferation of breast cancer cells via downregulating the miR-127 expression.

Keywords: Tudor-SN; breast cancer; metastasis; miR-127; proliferation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Apoptosis
  • Blotting, Western
  • Breast Neoplasms / genetics
  • Breast Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Cell Movement*
  • Cell Proliferation*
  • Endonucleases
  • Female
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic*
  • Humans
  • MicroRNAs / genetics*
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Nuclear Proteins / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Nuclear Proteins / genetics
  • Nuclear Proteins / metabolism*
  • Proto-Oncogene Mas
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Small Interfering / genetics
  • Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured
  • Wound Healing


  • MAS1 protein, human
  • MIRN127 microRNA, human
  • MicroRNAs
  • Nuclear Proteins
  • Proto-Oncogene Mas
  • RNA, Messenger
  • RNA, Small Interfering
  • Endonucleases
  • SND1 protein, human