miR-187 inhibits the growth of cervical cancer cells by targeting FGF9

Oncol Rep. 2017 Oct;38(4):1977-1984. doi: 10.3892/or.2017.5916. Epub 2017 Aug 23.


MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a cluster of short non-coding RNAs playing critical roles in human cancers. miR-187 was recently found to be a novel cancer-related microRNA. However, the expression and function of miR-187 in cervical cancer have not been investigated. In this study, we found that miR-187 level was decreased in cervical cancer tissues and cell lines. Patients with low level of miR-187 had significantly decreased rate of overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (DFS). miR-187 overexpression inhibited proliferation and promoted apoptosis of cervical cancer cells, whereas miR-187 knockdown promoted proliferation and inhibited apoptosis of cervical cancer cells. Forced expression of miR-187 inhibited the subcutaneous growth of cervical cancer cells in nude mice. Furthermore, FGF9 was found to be the downstream target of miR-187 in cervical cancer cells. Importantly, targeting FGF9 was required for miR-187 exerting its tumor suppressive roles in cervical cancer cells.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Growth Processes / genetics
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Down-Regulation
  • Female
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 9 / genetics
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 9 / metabolism*
  • HeLa Cells
  • Heterografts
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Mice, Nude
  • MicroRNAs / biosynthesis
  • MicroRNAs / genetics
  • MicroRNAs / metabolism*
  • Prognosis
  • Survival Rate
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / genetics
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / pathology


  • FGF9 protein, human
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 9
  • MIRN187 microRNA, human
  • MicroRNAs