• matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9);
  • microRNA-15a;
  • migration;
  • neuroblastoma;
  • reversion-inducing cysteine-rich protein with Kazal motifs (RECK)

In this study, we found that the expression of miR-15a was positively correlated with neuroblastoma (NB) clinical pathological stage and was negatively correlated with reversion-inducing cysteine-rich protein with Kazal motifs (RECK) expression. Using the enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) reporter construct carrying the 3′-UTR of RECK, we identified RECK as a direct target of miR-15a. Suppression of miR-15a significantly decreased the migration ability of GI-LA-N and SK-N-SH cell lines, whereas overexpression of miR-15a increased the migration ability; these effects could be partly reversed by RECK inhibition or ectopic expression. Moreover, inhibition of miR-15a significantly increased secreted matrix metalloproteinase-9 expression in culture medium through regulating the expression of RECK. These findings provide new insights into the characteristics of the miR-15a–RECK–matrix metalloproteinase-9 axis in NB progression, especially in NB migration and invasion.