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MicroRNA-221/222 Inhibits the Radiation-Induced Invasiveness and Promotes the Radiosensitivity of Malignant Meningioma Cells.


ABSTRACT: The controversy of adjuvant radiotherapy of meningiomas is at least partially due to the insufficient understanding on meningioma cells' response to irradiation and the shortage of radiosensitivity-promotion methods. MicroRNA-221 and microRNA-222 were identified as critical regulators of radiosensitivity in several other tumors. However, their effect in meningiomas has yet to be confirmed. Therefore, the malignant meningioma IOMM-Lee cells were adopted, transfected with microRNA-221/222 mimics or inhibitors, and irradiated with different dosages. The effects of radiation and microRNA-221/222 were then assessed in vitro and in vivo. Radiation dose increases and microRNA-221/222 downregulation synergistically inhibited cell proliferation and colony formation, prevented xenograft tumor progression, and promoted apoptosis, but antagonistically regulated cell invasiveness. Pairwise comparisons revealed that only high-dose radiations (6 and 8 Gy) can significantly promote cell invasiveness in comparison with unirradiated counterparts. Further comparisons exhibited that downregulating the microRNA-221/222 expression can reverse this radiation-induced cell invasiveness to a level of untransfected and unirradiated cells only if cells were irradiated with no more than 6 Gy. In addition, this approach can promote IOMM-Lee's radiosensitivity. Meanwhile, we also detected that the dose rate of irradiation affects cell cycle distribution and cell apoptosis of IOMM-Lee. A high dose rate irradiation induces G0/G1 cell cycle arrest and apoptosis-promoting effect. Therefore, for malignant meningiomas, high-dose irradiation can facilitate cell invasiveness significantly. Downregulating the microRNA-221/222 level can reverse the radiation-induced cell invasiveness while enhancing the apoptosis-promoting and proliferation-inhibiting effects of radiation and promoting cell radiosensitivity.

SUBMITTER: Zhang Q 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC7477324 | BioStudies | 2020-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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