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Stem Cells International
Volume 2017, Article ID 9012152, 9 pages
Research Article

Multiple Myeloma-Derived Exosomes Regulate the Functions of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Partially via Modulating miR-21 and miR-146a

1Department of Hematology, The Third Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, Changsha 40013, China
2Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435, USA
3Department of Histology and Embryology, Medical College, Hunan Normal University, Changsha 40013, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Jing Liu; moc.361@uilgnij0jl

Received 9 May 2017; Revised 5 September 2017; Accepted 12 September 2017; Published 27 November 2017

Academic Editor: Zhaohui Ye

Copyright © 2017 Qian Cheng et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Exosomes derived from cancer cells can affect various functions of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) via conveying microRNAs (miRs). miR-21 and miR-146a have been demonstrated to regulate MSC proliferation and transformation. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) secreted from transformed MSCs in turn favors the survival of multiple myeloma (MM) cells. However, the effects of MM exosomes on MSC functions remain largely unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of OPM2 (a MM cell line) exosomes (OPM2-exo) on regulating the proliferation, cancer-associated fibroblast (CAF) transformation, and IL-6 secretion of MSCs and determined the role of miR-21 and miR-146a in these effects. We found that OPM2-exo harbored high levels of miR-21 and miR-146a and that OPM2-exo coculture significantly increased MSC proliferation with upregulation of miR-21 and miR-146a. Moreover, OPM2-exo induced CAF transformation of MSCs, which was evidenced by increased fibroblast-activated protein (FAP), α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), and stromal-derived factor 1 (SDF-1) expressions and IL-6 secretion. Inhibition of miR-21 or miR-146a reduced these effects of OPM2-exo on MSCs. In conclusion, MM could promote the proliferation, CAF transformation, and IL-6 secretion of MSCs partially through regulating miR21 and miR146a.