J Cancer 2019; 10(5):1145-1153. doi:10.7150/jca.29049 This issue

Research Paper

Cloning and characterization of the putative AFAP1-AS1 promoter region

Fang Wei1,2,3, Yi-Zhou Jing2, Yi He2,4, Yan-Yan Tang2,4, Li-Ting Yang2, Ying-Fen Wu2, Le Tang2, Lei Shi2, Zhao-Jian Gong2, Can Guo2, Ming Zhou1,2,3, Bo Xiang1,2,3, Xiao-Ling Li1,2,3, Yong Li2,5, Gui-Yuan Li1,2,3, Wei Xiong1,2,3, Zhao-Yang Zeng1,2,3✉, Fang Xiong1✉

1. NHC Key Laboratory of Carcinogenesis, Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China
2. The Key Laboratory of Carcinogenesis and Cancer Invasion of the Chinese Ministry of Education, Cancer Research Institute, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China
3. Hunan Key Laboratory of Nonresolving Inflammation and Cancer, Disease Genome Research Center, the Third Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China
4. Hunan Key Laboratory of Translational Radiation Oncology, Hunan Cancer Hospital and the Affiliated Cancer Hospital of Xiangya School of Medicine, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan, China
5. Department of Cancer Biology, Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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Wei F, Jing YZ, He Y, Tang YY, Yang LT, Wu YF, Tang L, Shi L, Gong ZJ, Guo C, Zhou M, Xiang B, Li XL, Li Y, Li GY, Xiong W, Zeng ZY, Xiong F. Cloning and characterization of the putative AFAP1-AS1 promoter region. J Cancer 2019; 10(5):1145-1153. doi:10.7150/jca.29049. Available from https://www.jcancer.org/v10p1145.htm

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Actin filament-associated protein 1-antisense RNA1 (AFAP1-AS1), a cancer-related long non-coding RNA, has been found to be upregulated in multiple types of cancers. AFAP1-AS1 is important for the initiation, progression and poor prognosis of many cancers, including nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). However, the mechanism underlying the regulation of AFAP1-AS1 expression is not well-understood. In our study, the potential promoter region of AFAP1-AS1 was predicted by comprehensive bioinformatics analysis. Moreover, promoter deletion analysis identified the sequence between positions -359 and -28 bp as the minimal promoter region of AFAP1-AS1. The ChIP assay results indicate that the AFAP1-AS1 promoter is responsive to the transcription factor c-Myc, which can promote high AFAP1-AS1 expression. This study is the first to clone and characterize the AFAP1-AS1 promoter region. Our findings will help to better understand the underlying mechanism of high AFAP1-AS1 expression in tumorigenesis and to develop new strategies for therapeutic high expression of AFAP1-AS1 in NPC.

Keywords: lncRNA, AFAP1-AS1, promoter, transcription factor, c-Myc