MiRNA-503 Promotes Tumor Progression and Is Associated with Early Recurrence and Poor Prognosis in Human Colorectal Cancer

Tomofumi Noguchi, Yuji Toiyama, Takahito Kitajima, Hiroki Imaoka, Junichiro Hiro, Susumu Saigusa, Koji Tanaka, Yasuhiro Inoue, Yasuhiko Mohri, Shusuke Toden, Masato Kusunoki

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Objectives: MicroRNA (miR)-503 is downregulated in several cancers and plays a tumor-suppressive role in carcinogenesis. However, the miR-503 expression pattern, its clinical significance and its molecular mechanism in colorectal cancer (CRC) have not been investigated. Methods: We analyzed miR-503 expression in normal mucosa (n = 20), adenoma (n = 27) and CRC (n = 20). We quantified miR-503 expression in an independent cohort (n = 191) and investigated the clinical significance of miR-503 in CRC. CRC cell lines were transfected with anti-miR-503 to assess its function and target gene. Results: miR-503 expression increased according to the adenoma-carcinoma sequence. High miR-503 expression was significantly associated with large tumor size, serosal invasion, lymphatic and venous invasion as well as lymph node metastasis. CRC patients with high miR-503 expression had significantly earlier relapse and poorer prognosis than those with low expression. miR-503 was an independent recurrence marker in stage I/II CRC. In vitro, attenuated miR-503 expression resulted in inhibition of proliferation, invasion and migration and acquisition of anoikis of CRC cells. The putative target gene (calcium-sensing receptor) was significantly upregulated after miR-503 attenuation. Conclusions: miR-503 acts as an 'onco-miR' in CRC. High miR-503 expression is associated with early recurrence and poor prognosis in CRC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-231
Number of pages11
JournalOncology (Switzerland)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-04-2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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