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Keywords:

  • miR-20a;
  • ABL2;
  • p190RhoGAP;
  • PROSTATE CANCER;
  • INVASION;
  • MIGRATION

ABSTRACT

The aberrant expression of microRNAs (miRNAs) has been found in various types of cancer. The present study found miR-20a was significantly up-regulated in prostate cancer compared with normal prostate tissues. Patients with a higher miR-20a expression had a Gleason score of 7–10 and shorter survival time. The transwell and wound healing assays revealed that blocking expression of miR-20a by miR-20a ASO suppresses the invasion and migration of PC-3 and DU145 cells in vitro and also inhibits tumor growth in vivo. Furthermore, we identified miR-20a directly targets the ABL family non-receptor tyrosine kinases ABL2 and negatively regulates the phosphorylation of its downstream gene p190RhoGAP. Knockdown of ABL2 promoted cell invasion and migration and we identified miR-20a-induced cell invasion and migration can be rescued by ABL2. In conclusion, our findings show that miR-20a significantly contributes to the progression of prostate cancer by targeting ABL2. J. Cell. Biochem. 115: 1269–1276, 2014. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.