Background: MicroRNA (miR)-184 has been reported to have a dual role in human cancers. However, the role of miR-184 in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains unclear. Methods: Wild-type or mutant CDC25A promoters were constructed by PCR and site-directed mutagenesis to verify whether miR-184 could inhibit CDC25A expression at post-transcription level. Boyden chamber assay was used to assess whether miR-184 could modulate cell invasiveness via targeting CDC25A and c-Myc. We utilized 124 tumors from NSCLC patients to determine miR-184, miR-21, PDCD4 mRNA, c-Myc mRNA, and CDC25A mRNA expression levels by means of real-time PCR analysis. The prognostic value of CDC25A, c-Myc, and miR-184 on overall survival (OS) and relapse-free survival (RFS) was evaluated by Kaplan–Meier and Cox regression analysis. Results: MiR-184 suppressed CDC25A expression by enhancing the instability of its mRNA as a result of miR-184 binding to its coding region. An increase in CDC25A expression by means of a reduction in miR-184 promotes cell invasiveness. Moreover, a concomitant increase in CDC25A and c-Myc expression as a result of decreased miR-184 via the miR-21-mediated PDCD4 reduction is responsible for cell invasiveness. Among patients, miR-184 expression in lung tumors was found to correlate negatively with CDC25A mRNA, c-Myc mRNA, and miR-21 expression, but was positively related to PDCD4 mRNA expression. High-miR-184, High-CDC25A, or high-c-Myc mRNA tumors exhibited shorter OS and RFS periods than their counterparts. The worst OS and RFS were observed in low-miR-184/high-CDC25A/high-c-Myc tumors, followed by low-miR-184 /high-CDC25A, low-miR-184/high-c-Myc, high-c-Myc, and high-CDC25A tumors. Conclusions: MiR-184 as a tumor suppressor miR inhibits cell proliferation and invasion capability via targeting CDC25A and c-Myc. Low miR-184 level may predict worse prognosis in NSCLC patients.
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