A novel lncRNA, Lnc-OC1, promotes ovarian cancer cell proliferation and migration by sponging miR-34a and miR-34c
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Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been reported to be of great importance in tumorigenesis and progression of a variety of cancers. However, the role of lncRNAs in ovarian cancer (OC) remains largely unknown. In the present study, we identified a novel lncRNA, LOC100288181 (named as Lnc-OC1), which acted as a key regulator in the development and progression of OC. The combined Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database analysis revealed that Lnc-OC1 was significantly upregulated in OC tissues and Kaplan-Meier survival analysis confirmed that high Lnc-OC1 expression was associated with poor prognosis of OC patients. Importantly, we also demonstrated that knockdown of Lnc-OC1 suppressed cell proliferation, colony formation, invasion and migration in vitro and inhibited tumorigenicity in vivo. Mechanistically, Lnc-OC1 repressed the expression of endogenous miR-34a and miR-34c as a sponge and vice versa. Moreover, rescue experiments demonstrated that the oncogenic function of Lnc-OC1 at least partially depended on suppressing miR-34a and miR-34c. In conclusion, our results suggest that the Lnc-OC1-miR-34a/34c axis may play a pivotal role in OC, and may serve as a potential diagnostic biomarker and a powerful therapeutic target for OC.
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Tao, F., Tian, X., Lu, M., & Zhang, Z.