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Retraction Note: MicroRNA-203 suppresses gastric cancer growth by targeting PIBF1/Akt signaling

The original article was published in Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research 2016 35:47


The authors are retracting this article [1] because it was brought to the Editor’s attention that two images appear to be similar to others within the same article and one image appears to be similar to an image in Zhang et al. [2], as detailed below:

  • The two tubulin/HGC-27 bands in Fig. 4b [1] and the first two EGFR bands in the HGC-27 panel of Fig. 5b [1].

  • The two tubulin/BGC-823 bands in Fig. 4b [1] and the second two EGFR bands in the HGC-27 panel of Fig. 5b [1].

  • The four tubulin bands in the HGC-27 panel of Fig. 5b [1] and the four tubulin bands in Fig. 5a of Zhang et al. [2].

Peng-Fei Zhang and Yun-Min Lu have not responded to our correspondence about this retraction. All the other authors support this retraction.


  1. 1.

    Chu S-J, Wang G, Zhang P-F, Zhang R, Huang Y-X, Lu Y-M, Da W, Sun Q, Zhang J, Zhu J-S. MicroRNA-203 suppresses gastric cancer growth by targeting PIBF1/Akt signaling. J Exp Clin Cancer Res. 2016;35:47.

  2. 2.

    Zhang P-F, Sheng L-L, Wang G, Tian M, Zhu L-Y, Zhang R, Zhang J, Zhu J-S. miR-363 promotes proliferation and chemo-resistance of human gastric cancer via targeting of FBW7 ubiquitin ligase expression. Oncotarget. 2016;7(23):35284–92. doi:10.18632/oncotarget.9169.

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Correspondence to Jing Zhang or Jin-Shui Zhu.

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The online version of the original article can be found under doi:10.1186/s13046-016-0323-1.

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