Research Paper Volume 12, Issue 7 pp 6172—6190
USF1-mediated upregulation of lncRNA GAS6-AS2 facilitates osteosarcoma progression through miR-934/BCAT1 axis
- 1 Department of Orthopaedics, The Xiang’an Hospital of Xiamen University, School of Medicine, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361101, Fujian, China
- 2 Department of Anesthesiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University, Xiamen 361003, Fujian, China
- 3 Department of Gastroenterology, The Xiang’an Hospital of Xiamen University, School of Medicine, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361101, Fujian, China
received: October 2, 2019 ; accepted: February 22, 2020 ; published: April 8, 2020 ;https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.103015
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Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been certified as important regulators in tumorigenesis. LncRNA GAS6-AS2 (GAS6-AS2) was a newly identified tumor-related lncRNA, and its dysregulation and oncogenic effects in melanoma and bladder cancer had been reported in previous studies. However, the expression pattern and potential function of GAS6-AS2 in osteosarcoma (OS) have not been investigated. In this study, we identified a novel OS-related lncRNA GAS6-AS2. We found that GAS6-AS2 was distinctly upregulated in both OS specimens and cell lines. Distinct up-regulation of GAS6-AS2 in OS was correlated with advanced clinical stages and shorter survivals. In addition, USF1 could directly bind to the GAS6-AS2 promoter and contribute to its overexpression. Furthermore, GAS6-AS2 knockdown caused tumor suppressive effects via reducing cellular proliferation, migration and invasion, and promoting OS cell apoptosis. Besides, GAS6-AS2 directly bound to miR-934 and downregulated its expression. Mechanistically, GAS6-AS2 positively regulated the expression of BCAT1 through sponging miR-934. Taken together, our data illustrated how GAS6-AS2 played an oncogenic role in OS and might offer a potential therapeutic target for treating OS.