MicroRNA-802 suppresses breast cancer proliferation through downregulation of FoxM1

Mol Med Rep. 2015 Sep;12(3):4647-4651. doi: 10.3892/mmr.2015.3921. Epub 2015 Jun 12.


An increasing number of studies have shown that microRNAs (miRNAs) are critical in tumor cell proliferation, as they modulate key gene transcripts. In the present study, the expression and roles of miRNA (miR)‑802 were analyzed by quantitative polymerase chain reaction in breast cancer cells. The results showed that expression levels of miR‑802 were significantly reduced in breast cancer tissues and cells compared with those of normal tissue and normal breast epithelial cells. In vitro and in vivo experiments demonstrated that miR‑802 overexpression inhibited cell proliferation in MCF‑7 breast cancer cells and tumor growth in nude mice, respectively. Furthermore, mechanistic investigation with western blotting and luciferase reporter assays revealed that miR‑802 overexpression downregulated protein expression levels of Forkhead box protein M1 (FoxM1). Therefore, the results of the present study provided evidence for a previously undetermined miR‑802/FoxM1 molecular network, which was involved in the regulation of breast cancer cell proliferation.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Binding Sites
  • Breast Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Breast Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology
  • Cell Cycle
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cell Movement
  • Cell Proliferation / genetics*
  • Female
  • Forkhead Box Protein M1
  • Forkhead Transcription Factors / genetics*
  • Forkhead Transcription Factors / metabolism
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic*
  • Genes, Reporter
  • Humans
  • Luciferases / genetics
  • Luciferases / metabolism
  • MCF-7 Cells
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Mice, Nude
  • MicroRNAs / genetics*
  • MicroRNAs / metabolism
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Neoplasm Transplantation
  • Signal Transduction
  • Tumor Burden


  • FOXM1 protein, human
  • Forkhead Box Protein M1
  • Forkhead Transcription Factors
  • MIRN802 microRNA, human
  • MicroRNAs
  • Luciferases