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The better effects of microbubble ultrasound transfection of miR-940 on cell proliferation inhibition and apoptosis promotion in human cervical cancer cells.

Dovepress — August 21, 2019


Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of women’s cancer-related death. MiR-940 has been reported as a critical factor in various cancers. Based on the high transfection efficiency and low side effect, the clinical application of microbubble ultrasound contrast agent in gene treatment has attracted a widespread attention. In this study, we determined the mechanism of miR-940 inhibiting cell proliferation and cycle procession, and promoting cell apoptosis in cervical cancer Hela cells. In addition, we compared the effects of different transfection methods, including liposome, microbubble, ultrasound, and microbubble coupled with ultrasound.

Patients and Methods:

MTT assay, PI staining, and Annexin-Ⅴ/PI staining assays were, respectively, performed to evaluate cell proliferation status, cell cycle progression, and apoptosis status. RT-PCR and Western blot were conducted to measure the levels of cell cycle- and apoptosis-related factors, and the phosphorylation levels of PI3K and Akt.


Results showed that the overexpression of miR-940 inhibited cell proliferation, blocked cell cycle, and promoted apoptosis by regulating cell cycle-related factors (such as inhibited Cyclin D1 and CDK4) and apoptosis-related factors (such as promoted Puma and Bax, inhibited Bcl-2 and Cleaved caspase9), and inhibiting the phosphorylation and activation of PI3K/AKT pathway. Among all of them, miR-940 transfected with microbubble and ultrasound showed the greatest changes.


It provides evidence that miR-940 could be a wonderful biomarker and treatment agent for cervical cancer, and microbubble ultrasound would have more wide application in the clinical treatment of cancers.

Authors: Xiaojun Xiao,1 Yujuan Zhang,1 Qi Lin,1 Keli Zhong2

1Department of Ultrasound, Shenzhen People’s Hospital, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province 518020, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Surgery, Shenzhen People’s Hospital, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province 518020, People’s Republic of China

Correspondence: Keli Zhong –

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