It has been demonstrated that miR-874 plays important roles in many types of cancers. Nevertheless, its biological function in breast cancer remains largely unknown. In this study, we found that the expression level of miR-874 is down-regulated in breast cancer in comparison with the adjacent normal tissues. The overexpression of miR-874 is able to inhibit cell proliferation and induce cell apoptosis and cell cycle arrest in MCF7 and MDA-MB-231 cells. Using a bioinformatics method, we further show that CDK9 is a direct target of miR-874 and that its protein level is negatively regulated by miR-874. Therefore, the data reported in this manuscript demonstrate that miR-874 is an important regulator in breast cancer and imply that the miR-874/CDK9 axis has potential as a therapeutic target for breast cancer.
Keywords: Apoptosis; Breast cancer; CDK9; Cell cycle; Cell proliferation; miR-874.
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