Human Cell

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 343–351 | Cite as

miR-501 acts as an independent prognostic factor that promotes the epithelial–mesenchymal transition through targeting JDP2 in hepatocellular carcinoma

  • Weixuan Yu
  • Wen Deng
  • Qiang Zhao
  • Hongkai Zhuang
  • Chuanzhao ZhangEmail author
  • Zhixiang JianEmail author
Research Article


Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the second common cancer, was a kind of primary liver cancer with high incidence. miR-501, identified as a novel regulator, was acted as a potential biomarker in several diseases. JDP2, acted as a repressor of AP-1 complex, was a member of the basic leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factor family. RT-qPCR was applied to evaluate miR-501 and JDP2 expression level and we found that miR-501 was upregulated in HCC tissues and cells. miR-501 ectopic expression promoted HCC cell invasion and epithelial–mesenchymal transition (EMT), while low expression present the opposite results. JDP2 was downregulated in HCC tissues and cells, and overexpressed JDP2 facilitated HCC cell invasion and EMT. Furthermore, luciferase reporter assay indicated that JDP2 was a target of miR-501 and altered miR-501 expression the JPD2 mRNA may changed. The expression of miR-501 and JDP2 had negative connection in HCC tissues. In addition, Kaplan–Meier method revealed that miR-501 upregulation or JDP2 downregulation predicted poor prognosis in HCC patients. miR-501 promoted cell invasion and EMT by regulated JDP2 in hepatocellular carcinoma. The newly identified miR-501/JDP2 axis provides novel insight into the pathogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma.


MiR-501 EMT Prognosis Hepatocellular carcinoma 


Author contributions

CZ and ZJ as the co-corresponding author contributed to the conception of the study and contributed significantly to analyses; WY as the first authorship performed the data and wrote the manuscript; WD as the second author contributed to analyses; QZ as the third author helped perform the analysis with constructive discussions; HZ as the fourth author contributed to the manuscript preparation. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.


This study was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (project no.: 81702783) and The Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province (project no.: 2017A030310574).

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Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they have no financial or other conflicts of interest in relation to this research and its publication.

Ethics approval and consent to participate

Ethics Committee of Guangdong General Hospital approved the research, and written informed consent was given by all participants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgical OncologyTungwah Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen UniversityDongguanChina
  2. 2.Biotherapy DepartmentSun Yat-sen Memorial HospitalGuangzhouChina
  3. 3.Organ Transplant Center, The First Affiliated HospitalSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina
  4. 4.Department of General Surgery, Guangdong General HospitalGuangdong Academy of Medical SciencesGuangzhouChina

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