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Stroma-derived miR-214 coordinates tumor dissemination

Orso, Francesca; Virga, Federico; Dettori, Daniela; Dalmasso, Alberto; Paradžik, Mladen; Savino, Aurora; A.C. Pomatto, Margherita; Quirico, Lorena; Cucinelli, Stefania; Coco, Martina; Mareschi, Katia; Fagioli, Franca; Salmena, Leonardo; Camussi, Giovanni; Provero, Paolo; Poli, Valeria; Mazzone, Massimiliano; Pandolfi, Pier Paolo; Taverna, Daniela (2023) Stroma-derived miR-214 coordinates tumor dissemination. Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research, 42 (20). ISSN 1756-9966

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Background Tumor progression is based on a close interaction between cancer cells and Tumor MicroEnvironment (TME). Here, we focus on the role that Cancer Associated Fibroblasts (CAFs), Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) and microRNAs (miRs) play in breast cancer and melanoma malignancy. Methods We used public databases to investigate miR-214 expression in the stroma compartment of primary human samples and evaluated tumor formation and dissemination following tumor cell injections in miR-214 overexpressing (miR-214over) and knock out (miR-214ko) mice. In addition, we dissected the impact of Conditioned Medium (CM) or Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) derived from miR-214-rich or depleted stroma cells on cell metastatic traits. Results We evidence that the expression of miR-214 in human cancer or metastasis samples mostly correlates with stroma components and, in particular, with CAFs and MSCs. We present data revealing that the injection of tumor cells in miR-214over mice leads to increased extravasation and metastasis formation. In line, treatment of cancer cells with CM or EVs derived from miR-214-enriched stroma cells potentiate cancer cell migration/invasion in vitro. Conversely, dissemination from tumors grown in miR-214ko mice is impaired and metastatic traits significantly decreased when CM or EVs from miR-214-depleted stroma cells are used to treat cells in culture. Instead, extravasation and metastasis formation are fully re-established when miR-214ko mice are pretreated with miR-214-rich EVs of stroma origin. Mechanistically, we also show that tumor cells are able to induce miR-214 production in stroma cells, following the activation of IL-6/STAT3 signaling, which is then released via EVs subsequently up-taken by cancer cells. Here, a miR-214-dependent pro-metastatic program becomes activated. Conclusions Our findings highlight the relevance of stroma-derived miR-214 and its release in EVs for tumor dissemination, which paves the way for miR-214-based therapeutic interventions targeting not only tumor cells but also the TME.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: miR-214; Stroma; Extracellular vesicles (EVs); Crosstalk; Metastasis; formation; IL-6
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology > Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
BIOMEDICINE AND HEALTHCARE > Basic Medical Sciences > Human Genetics, Genomics and Proteomics
Divisions: Division of Molecular Medicine
Depositing User: Mladen Paradžik
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2023 10:34

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