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LncRNA SNHG8 Serves as an Oncogene in Breast Cancer Through miR-634/ZBTB20 Axis

Authors Xu X, Xie Q, Xie M, Zeng Y, Liu Q

Received 5 August 2020

Accepted for publication 16 December 2020

Published 7 April 2021 Volume 2021:13 Pages 3017—3028

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CMAR.S270128

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Antonella D'Anneo


Xianyun Xu,1,* Qiongjun Xie,2,* Mingfeng Xie,3 Yong Zeng,3 Qian Liu1

1Key Laboratory of Prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases of Ministry of Education, Jiangxi Provincial Clinical Research Center for Vascular Anomalies, Basic Medical School, Gannan Medical University, Ganzhou, Jiangxi, 341000, People’s Republic of China; 2Basic Medical School, Gannan Medical University, Ganzhou, Jiangxi, 341000, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Pediatric Surgery, Jiangxi Provincial Clinical Research Center for Vascular Anomalies, Key Laboratory of Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Diseases of Ministry of Education, The First Affiliate Hospital of Gannan Medical University, Ganzhou, Jiangxi, 341000, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence: Qian Liu
Key Laboratory of Prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases of Ministry of Education, Jiangxi Provincial Clinical Research Center for Vascular Anomalies, Basic Medical School, Gannan Medical University, Ganzhou, Jiangxi, 341000, People’s Republic of China
Email [email protected]

Background: Small nucleolus RNA Host Gene 8 (SNHG8) belongs to a subgroup with long non-coding RNAs. LncRNA SNHG8 presents up-regulated in miscellaneous cancers, like gastric cancer, liver cancer, and esophageal squamous cell cancer. Nevertheless, the expression pattern and the pathological function of lncRNA SNHG8 in breast cancer remain obscure.
Methods: We examined the expression levels of lncRNA SNHG8 in the tissue samples and cell lines from breast cancer via RT-qPCR in the present study. The functions of lncRNA SNHG8 on the progression of breast cancer cell were examined by CCK-8, EdU, Transwell chamber assays, and flow cytometry analyses. The expression of proteins was assessed using Western blot assay.
Results: We found that proliferation, migration, and invasion of breast cancer cells were significantly inhibited due to knockdown of lncRNA SNHG8, while inducing apoptosis of these cells. Mechanistically, SNHG8 functioned as an inhibitor of miR-634 in tumor tissues.
Conclusion: LncRNA SNHG8 sponged the miR-634 to increase the expression level of ZBTB20, thus further aggravating the malignancy of breast cancer. Hence, the lncRNA SNHG8-miR-634-ZBTB20 axis may be a promising therapeutic target to treat breast cancers.

Keywords: small nucleolus RNA host gene 8, microRNA-634, breast cancer, ZBTB20

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