There is accumulating evidence that pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) promote the progression of pancreatic cancer. microRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs acting as negative regulators of gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. This study aimed to clarify the role of miRNAs in the interaction between PSCs and pancreatic cancer cells. Pancreatic cancer cells were mono-cultured or indirectly co-cultured with PSCs. miRNAs were prepared, and Agilent's miRNA microarray containing probes for 904 human miRNAs was used to identify differentially expressed miRNAs. miR-210 was identified as an upregulated miRNA by co-culture with PSCs. Conditioned media of PSCs activated ERK and Akt, but not hypoxia-inducible factor-1α pathway. PSCs-induced miR-210 upregulation was inhibited by inhibitors of ERK and PI3K/Akt pathways. Inhibition of miR-210 expression decreased migration, decreased the expression of vimentin and snai-1, and increased the membrane-associated expression of β-catenin in Panc-1 cells co-cultured with PSCs. In conclusion, our results suggest a novel role of miR-210 in the interaction between PSCs and pancreatic cancer cells.
|Number of pages
|Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
|Published - 2013 Aug 2
- Pancreatic cancer