Involvement of IGF-1R regulation by miR-515-5p modifies breast cancer risk among BRCA1 carriers

Avital Gilam, Liat Edry, Efrat Mamluk-Morag, Dalia Bar-Ilan, Camila Avivi, David Golan, Yael Laitman, Iris Barshack, Eitan Friedman*, Noam Shomron

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Several lines of evidence indicate that sequence alterations within microRNA (miRNA)-binding sites can modify the binding to its target gene resulting in altered expression patterns. We hypothesized that a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) located in the miR-515-5p binding site of igf-1r gene may alter IGF-1R regulation, with consequent effects on breast cancer risk in BRCA1 mutation carriers. Computational prediction revealed that the rs28674628 SNP in the igf-1r 3′ UTR is located within a predicted binding site for miR-515-5p. The effect of this SNP on breast cancer risk was evaluated by genotyping 115 Jewish Ashkenazi carriers of the 185delAG mutation in the BRCA1 gene using the Sequenom platform followed by Kaplan-Meier analysis. Additional data set of 378 Jewish BRCA1 carriers was analyzed to validate our results. MiRNA transfection, Western blot analysis, luciferase reporter assay, real time PCR, and immunohistochemistry were performed to assess direct regulation of igf-1r by miR-515-5p. We show direct regulation of IGF-1R by miR-515-5p. We identified that disrupting miR-515-5p and igf-1r 3′ UTR binding by SNP may cause elevated IGF-1R protein levels. Interestingly, miR-515-5p is downregulated in tumor tissue compared to its non-neoplastic surrounding tissue while IGF-1R levels are elevated. This igf-1r SNP was found to be significantly associated with age at diagnosis of breast cancer in Jewish Ashkenazi BRCA1 mutation carriers. These findings support the hypothesis that a SNP located in igf-1r gene may alter miRNA regulation of IGF-1R, with a putative effect on BRCA1 penetrance and breast cancer risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-760
Number of pages8
JournalBreast Cancer Research and Treatment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • BRCA1 penetrance
  • Breast cancer
  • IGF-1R
  • Modifier factors
  • Single nucleotide polymorphism
  • miRNA
  • microRNA


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