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MicroRNA is a large class of noncoding small RNA that exerts critical roles in many physiological processes including cell proliferation. MicroRNA-7 (miR-7) has been considered as a tumor suppressor in most malignant tumors versus a tumor promoter in some other ones. However, its role in chronic myeloid leukemia remains unknown. Herein, we found that K562 cell proliferation was largely suppressed when it was stably transfected with miR-7. In accordance with that, apoptosis was also significantly upregulated in miR-7 stably-transfected K562 cells. Moreover, we found that miR-7-overexpressed K562 cells were far more sensitive to imatinib than controls. Further investigations showed that the ABL1 was a direct target of miR-7. Expression level of BCR-ABL and the activity of its downstream PI3K/AKT pathway were significantly reduced in miR-7-transfected cells. Taken together, our results showed that miR-7 inhibited proliferation and promoted apoptosis in K562 cells, and miR-7 might help to sensitize them to imatinib through BCR-ABL/PI3K/AKT signaling in chronic myeloid leukemia.
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Name: Biochemical and biophysical research communications
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The phase of chronic myeloid leukemia following the chronic phase (LEUKEMIA, MYELOID, CHRONIC-PHASE), where there are increased systemic symptoms, worsening cytopenias, and refractory LEUKOCYTOSIS.
Form of leukemia characterized by an uncontrolled proliferation of the myeloid lineage and their precursors (MYELOID PROGENITOR CELLS) in the bone marrow and other sites.
The initial phase of chronic myeloid leukemia consisting of an relatively indolent period lasting from 4 to 7 years. Patients range from asymptomatic to those exhibiting ANEMIA; SPLENOMEGALY; and increased cell turnover. There are 5% or fewer blast cells in the blood and bone marrow in this phase.
Clonal hematopoetic disorder caused by an acquired genetic defect in PLURIPOTENT STEM CELLS. It starts in MYELOID CELLS of the bone marrow, invades the blood and then other organs. The condition progresses from a stable, more indolent, chronic phase (LEUKEMIA, MYELOID, CHRONIC PHASE) lasting up to 7 years, to an advanced phase composed of an accelerated phase (LEUKEMIA, MYELOID, ACCELERATED PHASE) and BLAST CRISIS.
A myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative disorder characterized by myelodysplasia associated with bone marrow and peripheral blood patterns similar to CHRONIC MYELOID LEUKEMIA, but cytogenetically lacking a PHILADELPHIA CHROMOSOME or bcr/abl fusion gene (GENES, ABL).
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