Long non-coding RNA (LncRNA) actin filament-associated protein1-antisense RNA 1 (AFAP1-AS1) is overexpressed in various types of cancers and plays an important role in tumor progression and prognosis. This study investigates the role of AFAP1-AS1 in tumor progression in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). We found that AFAP1-AS1 was overexpressed in TNBC tissues and cells. Overexpression of LncRNA AFAP1-AS1 was associated with poor prognosis in TNBC patients. Moreover, we demonstrated that upregulation of AFAP1-AS1 promoted cell proliferation and invasion, and inhibited cell apoptosis in vitro, while overexpression of AFAP1-AS1 promoted tumor growth in vivo. Our results also revealed that upregulation of AFAP1-AS1 activated Wnt/β-catenin pathway to promote tumorigenesis and cell invasion by increasing the expression of C-myc and epithelial-mesenchymal transition-related molecules in TNBC. Collectively, AFAP1-AS1 can be an independent prognostic marker and an effective therapeutic target of triple- negative breast cancer.
Zhang, K., Liu, P., Tang, H., Xie, X., Kong, Y., Song, C., … Xiao, X. (2018). AFAP1-AS1 promotes epithelial-mesenchymal transition and tumorigenesis through Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway in triple-negative breast cancer. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 9(NOV). https://doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2018.01248