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Interleukin-6–dependent survival of multiple myeloma cells involves the Stat3-mediated induction of microRNA-21 through a highly conserved enhancer

D. Löffler, K. Brocke-Heidrich, G. Pfeifer, C. Stocsits, J. Hackermüller, A. Kretzschmar, R. Burger, M. Gramatzki, C. Blumert, K. Bauer, H. Cvijic, P. F. Stadler, and F. Horn


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Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (Stat3) is implicated in the pathogenesis of many malignancies and essential for IL-6-dependent survival and growth of multiple myeloma cells. Here, we demonstrate that the gene encoding oncogenic microRNA-21 (miR-21) is controlled by an upstream enhancer containing two Stat3 binding sites strictly conserved since the first observed evolutionary appearance of miR-21 and Stat3. MiR-21 induction by IL-6 was strictly Stat3-dependent. Ectopically raising miR-21 expression in myeloma cells in the absence of IL-6 significantly reduced their apoptosis levels. These data provide strong evidence that miR-21 induction contributes to the oncogenic potential of Stat3.


DOI 10.1182/blood-2007-03-081133