Up-regulation of miRNA-148a inhibits proliferation, invasion, and migration while promoting apoptosis of cervical cancer cells by down-regulating RRS1

Biosci Rep. 2019 May 7;39(5):BSR20181815. doi: 10.1042/BSR20181815. Print 2019 May 31.


The purpose of the present study is to figure out the role of miRNA-148a (miR-148a) in growth, apoptosis, invasion, and migration of cervical cancer cells by binding to regulator of ribosome synthesis 1 (RRS1). Cervical cancer and adjacent normal tissues, as well as cervical cancer cell line Caski, HeLa, C-33A, and normal cervical epithelial cell line H8 were obtained to detect the expression of miR-148a and RRS1. Relationship between miR-148a and RRS1 expression with clinicopathological characteristics was assessed. The selected Caski and HeLa cells were then transfected with miR-148a mimics, miR-148a inhibitors or RRS1 siRNA to investigate the role of miR-148a and RRS1 on proliferation, apoptosis, colony formation, invasion, and migration abilities of cervical cancer cells. Bioinformatics information and dual luciferase reporter gene assay was for used to detect the targetting relationship between miR-148a and RRS1. Down-regulated miR-148a and up-regulated RRS1 were found in cervical cancer tissues and cells. Down-regulated miR-148a and up-regulated RRS1 are closely related with prognostic factors of cervical cancer. RRS1 was determined as a target gene of miR-148a and miR-148a inhibited RRS1 expression in cervical cancer cells. Up-regulation of miR-148a inhibited cell proliferation, migration, and invasion while promoting apoptosis in Caski and HeLa cells. Our study suggests that miR-148a down-regulates RRS1 expression, thereby inhibiting the proliferation, migration, and invasion while promoting cell apoptosis of cervical cancer cells.

Keywords: Cervical cancer; Invasion; Migration; Proliferation; RRS1; microRNA-148a.

Publication types

  • Retracted Publication

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Apoptosis / genetics*
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cell Movement / genetics*
  • Cell Proliferation / genetics*
  • Down-Regulation
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic*
  • HeLa Cells
  • Humans
  • MicroRNAs / genetics*
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • RNA Interference
  • RNA-Binding Proteins / genetics*
  • RNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism
  • Up-Regulation
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / pathology


  • MIRN148 microRNA, human
  • MicroRNAs
  • RNA-Binding Proteins
  • RRS1 protein, human