miR-19 is a key oncogenic component of mir-17-92.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Recent studies have revealed the importance of multiple microRNAs (miRNAs) in promoting tumorigenesis, among which mir-17-92/Oncomir-1 exhibits potent oncogenic activity. Genomic amplification and elevated expression of mir-17-92 occur in several human B-cell lymphomas, and enforced mir-17-92 expression in mice cooperates with c-myc to promote the formation of B-cell lymphomas. Unlike classic protein-coding oncogenes, mir-17-92 has an unconventional gene structure, where one primary transcript yields six individual miRNAs. Here, we functionally dissected the individual components of mir-17-92 by assaying their tumorigenic potential in vivo. Using the Emu-myc model of mouse B-cell lymphoma, we identified miR-19 as the key oncogenic component of mir-17-92, both necessary and sufficient for promoting c-myc-induced lymphomagenesis by repressing apoptosis. The oncogenic activity of miR-19 is at least in part due to its repression of the tumor suppressor Pten. Consistently, miR-19 activates the Akt-mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin) pathway, thereby functionally antagonizing Pten to promote cell survival. Our findings reveal the essential role of miR-19 in mediating the oncogenic activity of mir-17-92, and implicate the functional diversity of mir-17-92 components as the molecular basis for its pleiotropic effects during tumorigenesis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Olive, V; Bennett, MJ; Walker, JC; Ma, C; Jiang, I; Cordon-Cardo, C; Li, Q-J; Lowe, SW; Hannon, GJ; He, L

Published Date

  • December 15, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 23 / 24

Start / End Page

  • 2839 - 2849

PubMed ID

  • 20008935

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2800084

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1549-5477

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1101/gad.1861409


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States