MicroRNA-205 inhibits the proliferation and invasion of breast cancer by regulating AMOT expression

Oncol Rep. 2015 Oct;34(4):2163-70. doi: 10.3892/or.2015.4148. Epub 2015 Jul 23.


It has been reported that the expression of angiomotin (AMOT) is upregulated in breast cancer. However, the regulatory mechanism remains unknown. In the present study, we aimed to ascertain whether the expression of AMOT is regulated by microRNAs (miRNAs) in breast cancer. In the present study, miR-205 was significantly downregulated in breast cancer samples and it was identified to directly target the 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR) of AMOT in breast cancer MCF-7 cells by luciferase assay. miR-205 and small interfering RNA (siRNA)-mediated AMOT-knockdown experiments revealed that miR-205 significantly inhibited the proliferation and the invasion of MCF-7 cells through a decrease in the expression of AMOT, yet had no effect on apoptosis. Furthermore, we observed that the overexpression of AMOT partially reversed the inhibitory effect of miR-205 on the growth and the invasion of MCF-7 cells. The data indicated that miR-205 regulated the proliferation and the invasion of breast cancer cells through suppression of AMOT expression, at least partly. Therefore, the disordered decreased expression of miR-205 and the resulting AMOT upregulation contributes to breast carcinogenesis, and miR-205-AMOT represents a new potential therapeutic target for the treatment of breast carcinoma.

MeSH terms

  • 3' Untranslated Regions
  • Angiomotins
  • Breast Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Breast Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cell Movement
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic
  • Humans
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins / genetics*
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins / metabolism
  • MCF-7 Cells
  • Membrane Proteins / genetics*
  • Membrane Proteins / metabolism
  • MicroRNAs / genetics*
  • MicroRNAs / metabolism
  • Microfilament Proteins
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness


  • 3' Untranslated Regions
  • AMOT protein, human
  • Angiomotins
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • MIRN205 microRNA, human
  • Membrane Proteins
  • MicroRNAs
  • Microfilament Proteins