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Expression and Clinical Pathological Significance of miR-200a in Concurrent Cholangiocarcinoma Associated with Hepatolithiasis

Chen Chen, Dinghua Yang, Qunwei Wang, Xintian Wang

Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China (mainland)

Med Sci Monit 2015; 21:3585-3590

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.895013

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Published: 2015-11-20

BACKGROUND: Approximately 2–10% of the patients with hepatolithiasis may develop cholangiocarcinoma (CCA). Despite recent advances in the treatment of cancers, the 5-year survival rate for CCA patients currently remains poor, primarily due to early local invasion and distant metastasis of the cancer. This study aimed to investigate miR-200a expression in combined hepatolithiasis and CCA as well as its correlation with the clinical features of CCA.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: miR-200a expression in combined hepatolithiasis and CCA was detected by real-time reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR). Its correlation with the clinicopathology of CCA was analyzed by t-tests. The effect of miR-200a on the proliferation CCA cells was determined by MTT assay. The effect of miR-200a on the invasive ability of CCA cells was assessed by Boyden chamber test.
RESULTS: The expression level of MiR-200a in patients with combined hepatolithiasis and CCA was significantly decreased compared with patients with only hepatolithiasis (P<0.01). Furthermore, miR-200a expression in hepatic duct cancer RBE cells was substantially reduced compared with hepatolithiasis group (P<0.01). Correlation analysis showed that abnormal expression of miR-200a was only associated with the differentiation degree and metastasis of CCA. MiR-200a transfection significantly inhibited the proliferation and invasion of REB cells (P<0.01).
CONCLUSIONS: MiR-200a may suppress the proliferative and invasive ability of REB cells. The reduced miR-200a expression might be correlated with the development and progression of CCA.

Keywords: Adult, Bile Duct Neoplasms - pathology, Bile Ducts - pathology, Cell Line, Tumor, Cell Proliferation - genetics, China, Cholangiocarcinoma - pathology, Disease Progression, MicroRNAs - genetics, Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction, transcriptome