Accumulating studies have revealed that microRNAs serve crucial roles in cancer development and progression. MicroRNA-30a (miR-30a) has been implicated in various cancer types. However, the role of miR-30a in cervical cancer remains unclear. In the current study, a reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) assay revealed that miR-30a was significantly downregulated in cervical cancer tissues compared with adjacent normal tissues, and in the cervical cancer cell lines HeLa, SiHa and Ca-Ski compared with GH329 normal cervical epithelial cells. A functional assay using miR-30a mimic demonstrated that miR-30a could inhibit the growth and invasion of cervical cancer cells. Additionally, bioinformatics-based prediction and luciferase reporter assays indicated that MEF2D is a direct target of miR-30a. Transfection with miR-30a reduced the mRNA expression and protein levels of MEF2D, as determined using RT-qPCR and western blot analyses. Furthermore, MEF2D expression was negatively correlated with that of miR-30a in cervical cancers. Overall, the present study demonstrated that miR-30a functions as a tumor suppressor by targeting MEF2D in cervical cancer, which may provide the basis for a prognostic biomarker or therapeutic strategy for cervical cancer.
Keywords: MEF2D; cervical cancer; invasion; miR-30a; proliferation.