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LncRNA MCM3AP-AS1 Promotes Cell Proliferation and Invasion Through Regulating miR-543-3p/SLC39A10/PTEN Axis in Prostate Cancer

Authors Jia Z, Li W, Bian P, Liu H, Pan D, Dou Z

Received 10 January 2020

Accepted for publication 24 July 2020

Published 22 September 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 9365—9376


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr William Cho

Zhaohui Jia, Wensheng Li, Pan Bian, Hui Liu, Dong Pan, Zhongling Dou

Department of Urology, The First Affiliated Hospital and College of Clinical Medicine of Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang, Henan 471003, People’s Republic of China

Correspondence: Zhongling Dou Email

Objective: Long-chain noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are key players in a wide range of biological processes, especially the pathogenesis and development of tumors. LncRNA MCM3AP-AS1 has been demonstrated to be involved in the invasion of various tumors including prostate cancer (PCa). However, its functions in PCa have not been fully elucidated.
Methods: qRT-PCR was conducted to measure the expression levels of lncRNA MCM3AP-AS1 and miR-543-3p in PCa tissue samples and cell lines. The expression levels of E-cadherin and SLC39A10 proteins were detected by Western blots. CCK-8 test, cell scratch test and trans-well test were used to evaluate the proliferation, invasion and migration abilities of PCa cells, respectively. Annexin V-FITC/PI experiments were carried out to determine the status of apoptosis. Bioinformatics analysis and Luciferase assay were used to explore the relationship between lncRNA MCM3AP-AS1, miR-543-3p and SLC39A10.
Results: In PCa tissue samples and cell lines, lncRNA MCM3AP-AS1 was up-regulated while miR-543-3p was down-regulated. Over-expression of MCM3AP-AS1 could promote the proliferation and invasion of PCa cells. Correlation analysis showed that the expression of MCM3AP-AS1 and miR-543-3p was significantly and inversely correlated. We further verified that miR-543-3p inhibitor was able to reverse si-MCM3AP-AS1-mediated inhibitory effects on the PCa cell proliferation, migration and invasion through regulating the downstream protein axis SLC39A10/PTEN/Akt. Finally, in vivo experiments indicated that knocking down of MCM3AP-AS1 could largely reduce tumor volumes, and decreased the ratio of Ki67-positive cells and the expression of SLC39A10 in tumor samples.
Conclusion: LncRNA MCM3AP-AS1 can promote the proliferation, migration and invasion abilities of PCa cells through regulating the miR-543-3p/SLC39A10/PTEN axis, which suggests that lncRNA MCM3AP-AS1 might be a potential target for prostate cancer therapy.

Keywords: lncRNA MCM3AP-AS1, miR-543-3p, SLC39A10, PTEN, prostate cancer

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