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Silencing of lncRNA LINC00346 Inhibits the Proliferation and Promotes the Apoptosis of Colorectal Cancer Cells Through Inhibiting JAK1/STAT3 Signaling

Authors Li D, Wen S

Received 12 February 2020

Accepted for publication 26 May 2020

Published 16 June 2020 Volume 2020:12 Pages 4605—4614

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CMAR.S249491

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Dan Li, 1 Shuang Wen 2

1Department of Pathology, Tianjin Baodi Hospital, Baodi Clinical College of Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin City 301800, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Pathology, The Friendship Hospital of Dalian, Dalian City, Liaoning Province 116000, People’s Republic of China

Correspondence: Shuang Wen
Department of Pathology, The Friendship Hospital of Dalian, No. 8, Sanba Square, Zhongshan District, Dalian City, Liaoning Province 116000, People’s Republic of China
Tel +86-0411-82718822
Email wenshuang1680@163.com

Purpose: The study was aimed to investigate the effect and mechanism of lncRNA LINC00346 on cell proliferation and apoptosis of colorectal cancer (CRC).
Methods: The expression of lncRNA LINC00346 in CRC tissues and cells was detected by qRT-PCR. LINC00346 was overexpressed and silenced in HT29 and LoVo cells by the transfection of pcDNA-LINC00346 and si-LINC00346. The proliferation of CRC cells was detected by CCK-8 and colony-formation assay. The apoptosis was detected by flow cytometry assay. The expression of apoptosis-associated proteins (Caspase-3, Bcl-2, Bax) and JAK1/STAT3 signaling-associated proteins (JAK1, STAT3, p-JAK1, p-STAT3) was detected by Western blot. The tumor growth was detected in mice subcutaneous injected with transfected HT29 cells.
Results: LINC00346 was significantly upregulated in CRC tissues and cells. Overexpression of LINC00346 significantly increased the OD 450 values, number of colonies, decreased the apoptosis rate, upregulated Bcl-2, and downregulated Caspase-3 and Bax in HT29 and LoVo cells. Knockdown of LINC00346 exerted opposite results of proliferation and apoptosis on HT29 and LoVo cells. The expression levels of JAK1/JAK1 and p-STAT3/STAT3 were upregulated by LINC00346 overexpression. Tofacitinib (JAK1 inhibitor) reversed the tumor-promoting effect of LINC00346 overexpression on CRC cells. In vivo experiments further validated that LINC00346 overexpression promoted the growth of CRC xenograft tumors.
Conclusion: LncRNA LINC00346 promoted the proliferation and inhibited the apoptosis of CRC cells through activating JAK1/STAT3 signaling.

Keywords: LncRNA LINC00346, colorectal cancer, proliferation, apoptosis, JAK1/STAT3

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