J Cancer 2020; 11(6):1468-1477. doi:10.7150/jca.35710 This issue

Research Paper

LncRNA00518 promotes cell proliferation through regulating miR-101 in bladder cancer

Kunpeng Wang1,2#, Long Ma2#, Jingyuan Tang3#, Qiu Yu3, Yang Shen3, Yunfei Wei3, Chen Zhu3, Zhonglei Deng3, Wei Zhang2✉

1. Department of Urology, Lianyungang Clinical College of Nanjing Medical University, Lianyungang, 222061, China.
2. Department of Urology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, 210029, China.
3. Department of Urology, Jiangsu Province Hospital of Chinese Medicine, Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing 210029, China
#Kunpeng Wang, Long Ma and Jingyuan Tang contributed equally to this work.

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Wang K, Ma L, Tang J, Yu Q, Shen Y, Wei Y, Zhu C, Deng Z, Zhang W. LncRNA00518 promotes cell proliferation through regulating miR-101 in bladder cancer. J Cancer 2020; 11(6):1468-1477. doi:10.7150/jca.35710. Available from https://www.jcancer.org/v11p1468.htm

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The purpose of our study is to elucidate the expression of lncRNA00518 (lnc00518) in the bladder cancer, and its potential mechanism in regulating the development of bladder cancer. The expression of lnc00518 in bladder cancer tissues and cells was examined by qRT-PCR. Correlation between lnc00518 expression with clinicopathologic characteristics and prognosis of bladder cancer patients was analyzed. In vitro effects of lnc00518 on the cellular behaviors of bladder cancer cells were explored. Moreover, in vivo effect of lnc00518 was evaluated by subcutaneous tumorigenesis in nude mice. The possible miRNA targets of lnc00518 were predicted by bioinformatics and further confirmed by dual-luciferase reporter gene assay, RIP and rescue experiments. Lnc00518 was highly expressed in bladder cancer tissues and cells. Lnc00518 expression was correlated with TNM staging and histological grade of bladder cancer. Besides, the overall survival was lower in bladder cancer patients with high expression of lnc00518 relative to those with low expression. Overexpression of lnc00518 enhanced proliferative, invasive, migratory potentials and clonality, but shortened G0/G1 phase of bladder cancer cells. Lnc00518 knockdown obtained the opposite trends. In vivo experiments revealed that lnc00518 knockdown inhibited subcutaneous tumorigenesis in nude mice. QRT-PCR results indicated that lnc00518 expression was negatively correlated with miRNA-101 expression in bladder cancer cells. Through dual-luciferase reporter gene assay and RIP, we confirmed the binding between lnc00518 and miRNA-101. Furthermore, EZH2 was verified to be the target of miRNA-101. MiRNA-101 knockdown reversed the inhibitory roles of lnc00518 knockdown in proliferative, migratory and invasive potentials of bladder cancer cells. Lnc00518 is highly expressed in bladder cancer and can be served as a predictor of poor prognosis. Lnc00518 promotes the proliferative, invasive and migratory potentials of bladder cancer by upregulating EZH2 via competitively binding to miRNA-101.

Keywords: Bladder cancer, Lnc00518, MiRNA-101, EZH2