MicroRNA-126 suppresses the invasion of trophoblast-model JEG-3 cells by targeting LIN28A

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Inadequate trophoblast invasion and impaired trophoblast-induced vascular remodeling are features of preeclampsia. In this context, an angiogenesis-related microRNA, miR-126, is abnormally expressed in preeclampsia placentas, but its role in trophoblast development remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to investigate the roles of miR-126 in the proliferation, migration, and invasion processes of trophoblast cells using the human choriocarcinoma-derived JEG-3 cell line as a model. The mRNA expression profiling of JEG-3 cells with and without miR-126 overexpression, in combination with bioinformatics analysis, identified LIN28A as a putative target of miR-126. The results of real-time RT-PCR and luciferase assay were consistent with this idea. Overexpression of miR-126 in JEG-3 cells decreased the invasive ability of the cells without affecting proliferation or migration. The invasiveness of JEG-3 cells was significantly reduced to a similar extent by knockdown of LIN28A with siRNA and by miR-126-overexpression-induced downregulation of LIN28A, although the level of LIN28A protein was much lower in the siLIN28A-transfected cells. These results indicate that miR-126 suppresses JEG-3 cell invasion by targeting LIN28A, and suggest that miR-126-mediated downregulation of LIN28A might contribute to the onset/deterioration of preeclampsia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-137
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Mar 19


  • Invasion
  • LIN28A
  • MicroRNA-126
  • Placenta
  • Trophoblast

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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