High expression of microRNA-155 is associated with the aggressive malignant behavior of gallbladder carcinoma.

Hiroshi Kono, Masafumi Nakamura, Ohtsuka Takao, Yosuke Nagayoshi, Yasuhisa Mori, Shunichi Takahata, Shinichi Aishima, Masao Tanaka

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The prognosis of gallbladder cancer (GBC) remains poor despite recent advances in diagnostics and therapeutic strategies. Although the role of microRNAs (miRs) in GBC have not been well documented, miR-155 is known to be associated with inflammation-associated carcinogenesis in various types of cancers. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical significance of miR-155 expression and the biological functions of miR-155 in GBC. The expression levels of miR-155 in surgically resected GBCs and gallbladders with pancreaticobiliary maljunction (PBM) were assessed by quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. The relationship between the expression levels of miR-155 and clinicopathological features of GBCs was analyzed. Human GBC cell lines were transfected with miR-155 inhibitors or mimics, and the effects on proliferation and invasion were assessed. miR-155 was significantly overexpressed in GBCs when compared with that in gallbladders with PBM (p=0.007) and normal gallbladders (p=0.04). The high expression level of miR-155 in GBCs was significantly associated with the presence of lymph node metastasis (p=0.01) and a poor prognosis (p=0.02). In vitro assays showed that aberrant expression of miR-155 significantly enhanced GBC cell proliferation and invasion. In conclusion, high miR-155 expression correlates with the aggressive behavior of GBCs, and miR-155 may become a prognostic marker and therapeutic target for GBC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-24
Number of pages8
JournalOncology reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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