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eISSN: 1643-3750

Long Non-Coding RNA (LncRNA) HOXA11-AS Promotes Breast Cancer Invasion and Metastasis by Regulating Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition

Wenlei Li, Guotao Jia, Yanwen Qu, Qian Du, Baoguo Liu, Bin Liu

Department of Breast and Thyroid Surgery, Liaocheng People's Hospital, Liaocheng, Shandong, China (mainland)

Med Sci Monit 2017; 23:3393-3403

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.904892

Available online: 2017-07-13

Published: 2017-07-13


BACKGROUND: To detect the expression of lncRNA HOXA11-AS and its biological effect in breast cancer.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this study, fluorescent quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR), MTT assay and clone formation assay, flow cytometry, Transwell assay and wound healing assay, immunofluorescence, and Western blot analysis were conducted to detect the expression of lncRNA HOXA11-AS, cell proliferation activity, cell apoptosis rate and cell cycle distribution, the changes of cell invasion and metastasis capacity, and the expressions of molecular markers of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), respectively. Additionally, a nude mouse metastatic tumor model was established to study the influence of lncRNA HOXA11-AS on invasion and metastasis capacity of breast cancer cells.
RESULTS: The qRT-PCR experiment results showed that HOXA11-AS expression in breast cancer tissue of 50 patients was relatively higher than that in tissue adjacent to cancer. MTT assay suggested that tumor cell proliferation capacity was suppressed followed by the knockdown of lncRNA HOXA11-AS expression in MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 cells; flow cytometry results demonstrated that interfering in lncRNA HOXA11-AS could induce tumor cell apoptosis and promote cell cycle progression to be arrested in G1/G0 stage; experiments in vivo/vitro manifested that interfering in lncRNA HOXA11-AS could inhibit tumor cell invasion and migration capacity by affecting the expressions of EMT-related molecular markers (E-cadherin, N-cadherin, Vimentin).
CONCLUSIONS: High expression of lncRNA HOXA11-AS promotes breast cancer invasion and metastasis by affecting EMT, and interfering in lncRAN HOXA11-AS expression provides a theoretical basis and important molecular target for inhibiting the distant metastasis of breast cancer in clinical practice.

Keywords: Breast, Epithelial-mesenchymal transition, RNA, Long Noncoding