The expression and function of microRNA (miR)-30a-3p in several types of human cancer have been explored. However, the biological function of miR-30a-3p in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) remains largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that expression of miR-30a-3p is down-regulated in RCC tissues compared to adjacent normal tissues. Furthermore, ectopic expression of miR-30a-3p significantly suppressed the proliferation, migration, and invasion of a human RCC cell line in vitro, while miR-30a-3p inhibited tumor growth in vivo as well. TargetScan software identified Wnt2 as a potential direct target of miR-30a-3p. To confirm this relationship, Wnt2 was ectopically expressed. The effects of miR-30a-3p on RCC cell proliferation and invasion were subsequently restored. Therefore, the results of this study support an anti-tumor role for miR-30a-3p in RCC progression which is potentially mediated via Wnt2.

American journal of translational research. 2019 Aug 15*** epublish ***

Lingqi Liu, Liang Chen, Tianpeng Wu, Huijun Qian, Sixing Yang

Department of Urology, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University Wuhan 430060, Hubei, China.