In China, breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in women. MicroRNAs (miRs) are a group of endogenous small non-coding RNAs, which serve a role in many biological processes through the regulation of target genes. In the current study, miR-150-5p expression was significantly up-regulated in breast cancer tissues and cell lines. To investigate the cellular function and underlying molecular mechanism of miR-150-5p in breast cancer, TargetScan7.2 was used to identify miR-150-5p target genes. SRC kinase signaling inhibitor 1 (SRCIN1) was identified as a direct target gene of miR-150-5p and the current study demonstrated that SRCIN1 was negatively regulated by miR-150-5p in breast cancer cells. Furthermore, SRCIN1 expression was significantly down-regulated in breast cancer tissues and cell lines. Taken together, these results demonstrated that there was a negative association between miR-150-5p and SRCIN1 in breast cancer. The CCK-8 and Transwell assays were used to examine breast cancer cell viability, invasion and migration ability. The current study demonstrated that over-expression of miR-150-5p enhanced breast cancer cell proliferation, invasion and migration. In addition, miR-150-5p over-expression increased the expression of mesenchymal cell markers (vimentin, N-cadherin and β-catenin) and decreased the expression of epithelial cell markers (E-cadherin and zonula occludens-1). By contrast, miR-150-5p knockdown inhibited breast cancer cell viability, invasion and migration. Additionally, miR-150-5p knockdown decreased the expression of mesenchymal cell markers and increased the expression of epithelial cell markers. Taken together, these results suggest that the miR-150-5p/SRCIN1 axis may be a potential target in the treatment of breast cancer.
Keywords: SRC kinase signaling inhibitor 1; breast cancer; epithelial-mesenchymal transition; invasion; microRNA-150-5p; migration.