N6-methyladenosine induced miR-143-3p promotes the brain metastasis of lung cancer via regulation of VASH1

Mol Cancer. 2019 Dec 10;18(1):181. doi: 10.1186/s12943-019-1108-x.


Background: Brain metastasis (BM) is one of the principal causes of mortality for lung cancer patients. While the molecular events that govern BM of lung cancer remain frustrating cloudy.

Methods: The miRNA expression profiles are checked in the paired human BM and primary lung cancer tissues. The effect of miR-143-3p on BM of lung cancer cells and its related mechanisms are investigated.

Results: miR-143-3p is upregulated in the paired BM tissues as compared with that in primary cancer tissues. It can increase the invasion capability of in vitro blood brain barrier (BBB) model and angiogenesis of lung cancer by targeting the three binding sites of 3'UTR of vasohibin-1 (VASH1) to inhibit its expression. Mechanistically, VASH1 can increase the ubiquitylation of VEGFA to trigger the proteasome mediated degradation, further, it can endow the tubulin depolymerization through detyrosination to increase the cell motility. m6A methyltransferase Mettl3 can increase the splicing of precursor miR-143-3p to facilitate its biogenesis. Moreover, miR-143-3p/VASH1 axis acts as adverse prognosis factors for in vivo progression and overall survival (OS) rate of lung cancer.

Conclusions: Our work implicates a causal role of the miR-143-3p/VASH1 axis in BM of lung cancers and suggests their critical roles in lung cancer pathogenesis.

Keywords: Brain metastasis; Lung cancer; Tubulin; VASH1; VEGFA; miR-143-3p.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Retracted Publication

MeSH terms

  • Adenosine / analogs & derivatives*
  • Animals
  • Blood-Brain Barrier / metabolism
  • Brain Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Cell Cycle Proteins / genetics*
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Disease Progression
  • Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition / genetics
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic*
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Lung Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Mice
  • MicroRNAs / genetics*
  • Models, Biological
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic / genetics
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic / metabolism
  • RNA Interference
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A / genetics
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A / metabolism
  • Xenograft Model Antitumor Assays


  • Cell Cycle Proteins
  • MIRN143 microRNA, human
  • MicroRNAs
  • VASH1 protein, human
  • VEGFA protein, human
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A
  • N-methyladenosine
  • Adenosine