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Mir-150 SS.png
Conserved secondary structure of miR-150 microRNA precursor
Alt. SymbolsMIR150
miRBase familyMIPF0000197
Other data
RNA typemiRNA
LocusChr. 19 q13.33
PDB structuresPDBe

miR-150 is a family of microRNA precursors found in mammals, including humans. The ~22 nucleotide mature miRNA sequence is excised from the precursor hairpin by the enzyme Dicer.[1] This sequence then associates with RISC which effects RNA interference.[2]

miR-150 functions in hematopoiesis; it regulates genes whose downstream products encourage differentiating stem cells towards becoming megakaryocytes rather than erythrocytes.[3][4] It is also thought to control B and T cell differentiation, alongside mir-155.[5][6]

Role in cancer

miR-150 has been linked with a number of cancers. It is thought to promote cancer cell proliferation in gastric cancer and has also been found to be more than 50x overexpressed in osteosarcoma.[7]


miR-150 levels in blood plasma can be indicative of early sepsis; it could have a future use therapeutically in treating the condition.[8] In addition, miR-150 is one of a number of microRNAs whose expression profile could be used as a biomarker of hepatocellular carcinoma.[9]


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  7. ^ Lulla RR, Costa FF, Bischof JM, Chou PM, Bonaldo MF, Vanin EF, Soares MB (2011). "Identification of Differentially Expressed MicroRNAs in Osteosarcoma". Sarcoma. 2011: 732690. doi:10.1155/2011/732690. PMC 3140035. PMID 21789031.
  8. ^ Vasilescu C, Rossi S, Shimizu M, Tudor S, Veronese A, Ferracin M, Nicoloso MS, Barbarotto E, Popa M, Stanciulea O, Fernandez MH, Tulbure D, Bueso-Ramos CE, Negrini M, Calin GA (2009-10-12). Gold JA, ed. "MicroRNA fingerprints identify miR-150 as a plasma prognostic marker in patients with sepsis". PLOS ONE. 4 (10): e7405. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007405. PMC 2756627. PMID 19823581.
  9. ^ Magrelli A, Azzalin G, Salvatore M, Viganotti M, Tosto F, Colombo T, Devito R, Di Masi A, Antoccia A, Lorenzetti S, Maranghi F, Mantovani A, Tanzarella C, Macino G, Taruscio D (Aug 2009). "Altered microRNA Expression Patterns in Hepatoblastoma Patients". Translational Oncology. 2 (3): 157–63. doi:10.1593/tlo.09124. PMC 2730135. PMID 19701500.

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