Could miR-34a Inhibition be Used as a Tool to Overcome Drug Resistance in MCF-7 Cells Treated with Synthesized Steroidal Heterocycles?

Document Type: Research Articles


1 Department of Hormones, Medical Research Division, National Research Centre, Dokki, Cairo, Egypt.

2 Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.


Background: Progesterone derivatives have explored an improved effect on human cancer cells through combination of the explored heterocycles with progesterone moiety.miRNAs have an important role in moderating cancer cell survival, proliferation and drug resistance. The current study tested the hypothesis “whether miR-34a inhibitor has a negative impact on apoptosis and angiogenesis in MCF-7 cells treated with newly synthesized progesterone derivatives”. Methods: MCF-7 cells were treated with progesterone derivatives individually and in combination with miR-34a inhibitor. miR-34a expression levels were measured in MCF-7 cells treated with progesterone derivatives using QRT-PCR. MCF-7 cells treated with progesterone derivatives individually showed increased miR-34a expression levels. miR-34a deficient cells were treated with the newly synthesized progesterone derivatives, after that, apoptotic and angiogenic gene expression levels were determined using QRT-PCR. The studied genes were as follows: apoptotic (Bcl-2, survivin, CCND1, CDC2, P53 and P21) and angiogenic (VEGF, Hif-1α, MMP-2, Ang-1, Ang-2, and FGF-1). Results: The results showed that miR-34a deficient MCF-7 cells treated with the newly progesterone derivatives still have promising effects on apoptotic and angiogenic genes. Besides, results revealed that miRNA-34a deficient MCF-7 cells exhibited improved effect of tested compounds in some apoptotic and angiogenic genes such as CDC-2, MMP-2. Conclusion: These results revealed that miR-34a inhibitor did not have remarkable negative effect on apoptosis and angiogenesis. On contrary, it showed an improved effect on some genes. And consequently, miR-34a inhibitor could be used safely as a tool to tackle drug resistance in breast cancer cells.


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