Research Paper Volume 12, Issue 3 pp 2333—2346
Long non-coding RNA NNT-AS1 promotes cholangiocarcinoma cells proliferation and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition through down-regulating miR-203
- 1 Emergency Intensive Care Unit, The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450052, China
- 2 Department of Cardiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450052, China
received: August 31, 2019 ; accepted: January 7, 2020 ; published: February 5, 2020 ;https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.102747
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Background: Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is a serious malignant tumor. Long non-coding RNA NNT-AS1 (NNT-AS1) takes crucial roles in several tumors. So, we planned to research the roles and underlying mechanism of NNT-AS1 in CCA.
Results: NNT-AS1 overexpression was appeared in CCA tissues and cell lines. Proliferation was promoted by NNT-AS1 overexpression in CCLP1 and TFK1 cells. Besides, NNT-AS1 overexpression reduced E-cadherin level and raised levels of N-cadherin, vimentin, Snail and Slug. However, the opposite trend was occurred by NNT-AS1 knockdown. Further, NNT-AS1 overexpression promoted phosphatidylinositol 3 kinase (PI3K)/AKT and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)1/2 pathways. MiR-203 was sponged by NNT-AS1 and miR-203 mimic reversed the above promoting effects of NNT-AS1. Additionally, insulin-like growth factor type 1 receptor (IGF1R) and zinc finger E-box binding homeobox 1 (ZEB1) were two potential targets of miR-203.
Conclusion: NNT-AS1 promoted proliferation, EMT and PI3K/AKT and ERK1/2 pathways in CCLP1 and TFK1 cells through down-regulating miR-203.
Methods: CCLP1 and TFK1 cells were co-transfected with pcDNA-NNT-AS1 and miR-203 mimic. Bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU), flow cytometry, quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) and western blot were employed to detect roles and mechanism of NNT-AS1. Interaction between NNT-AS1 and miR-203 or miR-203 and target genes was examined through luciferase activity experiment.