Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2019; 23 (14): 6179-6185

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_201907_18431

Long non-coding RNA MNX1-AS1 promotes migration and invasion of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma by upregulating IGF2

D.-N. Zheng, C.-J. Zhang, G.-P. Sun

Department of Medical Oncology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University, Hefei, China. sunguoping@ahmu.edu.cn


OBJECTIVE: Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is a common malignant tumor with a high mortality rate and poor prognosis. In this research, we investigated the exact role of long non-coding ribonucleic acids (lncRNA) MNX1-AS1 in the metastasis of ESCC and its possible mechanism.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: To investigate the functions of MNX1-AS1 in ESCC, quantitative Real Time-Polymerase Chain Reaction (qRT-PCR) was utilized to detect MNX1-AS1 expression of ESCC tissues and cells. Besides, functional assays, including transwell assay and wound healing assay, were performed. Furthermore, qRT-PCR and Western blot assay were used to explore the possible underlying regulatory mechanism.

RESULTS: The expression level of MNX1-AS1 was significantly increased in both ESCC tissues sample and cells. Moreover, knockdown of MNX1-AS1 markedly inhibited the migration and invasion of ESCC cells. Besides, knockdown of MNX1-AS1 remarkably down-regulated the mRNA and protein levels of insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2). Furthermore, IGF2 expression was positively correlated with MNX1-AS1 expression in ESCC tissues.

CONCLUSIONS: MNX1-AS1 serves as a potential oncogene in ESCC, which can significantly promote ESCC cell migration and invasion by up-regulating IGF2. Our findings may provide a new therapeutic target of ESCC.

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D.-N. Zheng, C.-J. Zhang, G.-P. Sun
Long non-coding RNA MNX1-AS1 promotes migration and invasion of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma by upregulating IGF2

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2019
Vol. 23 - N. 14
Pages: 6179-6185
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_201907_18431