MicroRNAs play important roles in the development of cancers. Although miR-92b has been reported to promote the tumorigenesis of some cancers, its role in osteosarcoma remains unknown. In the present study, we focused on the expression, function and mechanisms of miR-92b in osteosarcoma development. The miRNA miR-92b was up-regulated in osteosarcoma cell lines and tissues; miR-92b up-regulation correlated with poor prognosis in osteosarcoma. Overexpression of miR-92b promoted osteosarcoma cell proliferation, migration and invasion, which was abrogated by miR-92b inhibition. Reversion-inducing, cysteine-rich protein with kazal motifs (RECK) was identified as the direct and functional target of miR-92b in osteosarcoma. Importantly, restoring RECK expression abrogated increases in cell growth, motility and invasiveness induced by miR-92b. RECK was down-regulated in osteosarcoma tissues, and its expression level negatively correlated with miR-92b. Collectively, our results indicate that miR-92b acts as an oncogenic miRNA and may be a therapeutic target in osteosarcoma.

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