Blockade of miR-3614 maturation by IGF2BP3 increases TRIM25 expression and promotes breast cancer cell proliferation

EBioMedicine. 2019 Mar;41:357-369. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2018.12.061. Epub 2019 Feb 20.


Background: The cross-talk between RNA binding proteins (RBPs) and microRNAs (miRNAs) in the regulation of gene expression is a complex process. Here, we describe a new mode of regulation of TRIM25 expression mediated by an antagonistic interplay between IGF2BP3 and miR-3614-3p.

Methods: The expression level of TRIM25, IGF2BP3, pri-miR-3614 and miR-3614-3p in breast cancer (BC) tissues, non-tumor tissues and BC cell lines were detected by qRT-PCR, Western blot and Immunohistochemistry (IHC). Binding of miR-3614-3p and IGF2BP3 to TRIM25 RNA was verified using luciferase activation assays, RNA immunoprecipitation (RIP) and biotin pull-down assays. In vitro and in vivo loss- and gain-of-function studies were performed to reveal the effects and related mechanism of IGF2BP3-miR-3614-3p-TRIM25 axis in in breast cancer cells proliferation.

Findings: We found that an intragenic miRNA-3614-3p inhibits the expression of its host gene TRIM25 by binding to its 3'- untranslated region (UTR). Interestingly, IGF2BP3 can competitively occupy this binding site and inhibit miRNA-3614 maturation, thereby protecting TRIM25 mRNA from miR-3614-mediated degradation. The overexpression of miR-3614-3p dramatically inhibited breast cancer cell growth through the downregulation of TRIM25. Furthermore, the silencing of IGF2BP3 reduced TRIM25 expression, suppressed cell proliferation, and exhibited a synergistic effect with miR-3614-3p overexpression.

Interpretation: Collectively, these results demonstrate that control of TRIM25 RNA by an interplay between IGF2BP3 and miR-3614-3p represents a mechanism for breast cancer cell proliferation. FUND: The scientific research and sharing platform construction project of Shaanxi Province, Opening Project of Key Laboratory of Shaanxi Province for Craniofacial Precision Medicine Research, China Postdoctoral Science Foundation and The National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Keywords: Breast cancer; IGF2BP3; TRIM25; miR-3614.

MeSH terms

  • 3' Untranslated Regions
  • Animals
  • Antagomirs / metabolism
  • Breast Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Estradiol / pharmacology
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Mice, Nude
  • MicroRNAs / antagonists & inhibitors
  • MicroRNAs / genetics
  • MicroRNAs / metabolism*
  • RNA Interference
  • RNA, Small Interfering / metabolism
  • RNA-Binding Proteins / antagonists & inhibitors
  • RNA-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • RNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism*
  • Transcription Factors / genetics
  • Transcription Factors / metabolism*
  • Transplantation, Heterologous
  • Tripartite Motif Proteins / genetics
  • Tripartite Motif Proteins / metabolism*
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases / genetics
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases / metabolism*


  • 3' Untranslated Regions
  • Antagomirs
  • IGF2BP3 protein, human
  • MicroRNAs
  • RNA, Small Interfering
  • RNA-Binding Proteins
  • Transcription Factors
  • Tripartite Motif Proteins
  • Estradiol
  • TRIM25 protein, human
  • Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases