Methyltransferase like 3 promotes colorectal cancer proliferation by stabilizing CCNE1 mRNA in an m6A-dependent manner

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  • m6A modification is the most prevalent RNA modification in eukaryotes. As the critical N6-methyladenosine (m6A) methyltransferase, the roles of methyltransferase like 3 (METTL3) in colorectal cancer (CRC) are controversial. Here, we confirmed that METTL3, a critical m6A methyltransferase, could facilitate CRC progression in vitro and in vivo. Further, we found METTL3 promoted CRC cell proliferation by methylating the m6A site in 3′-untranslated region (UTR) of CCNE1 mRNA to stabilize it. Moreover, we found butyrate, a classical intestinal microbial metabolite, could down-regulate the expression of METTL3 and related cyclin E1 to inhibit CRC development. METTL3 promotes CRC proliferation by stabilizing CCNE1 mRNA in an m6A-dependent manner, representing a promising therapeutic strategy for the treatment of CRC.
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  • Zhu W; Si Y; Xu J; Lin Y; Wang JZ; Cao M; Sun S; Ding Q; Zhu L; Wei JF
  • Start Page

  • 3521
  • End Page

  • 3533
  • Volume

  • 24
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  • 6