microRNA-125b has been reported to play an novel biological function in the progression and development of several kinds of leukemia. However, the detail role of miR-125b in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is remains largely unknown. The present study aimed to investigate the biological role of miR-125b in AML and the potential molecular mechanism involved in this process. Our results showed that overexpression of miR-125b suppressed AML cells proliferation, invasion and promotes cells apoptosis in a dose-dependent manner, while the miR-NC did not show the same effect. In addition, miR-125b induced AML cells G2/M cell cycle arrest in vitro. Overexpression of miR-125b resulted in a significant decrease of the expression of p-IκB-α and inhibition of IκB-α degradation, and the nuclear translocation of NF-κB subunit p65 was abrogated by miR-125b simutaneously. To further verify that miR-125b targeted NF-κB signaling pathway, the NF-κB-regulated downstream genes that were associated with cell cycle arrest and apoptosis was also determined. The results showed that, miR-125b also affect NF-κB-regulated genes expression involved in cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. In conclusion, the present work certificates that miR-125b can significantly inhibit human AML cells invasion, proliferation and promotes cells apoptosis by targeting the NF-κB signaling pathway, and thus it can be viewed as an promising therapeutic target for AML.
Keywords: Acute myeloid leukemia; Apoptosis; Invasion; NF-κB signaling pathway; Proliferation; miR-125b.
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