Background: The prognosis of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is relatively poor due to the absence of efficient treatment. In this manuscript, we have investigated the specific roles and molecular mechanisms of LINC00657 to order to identify novel therapeutic targets for ESCC. Method: The LINC00657 expression in ESCC tissues and cell lines were evaluated by quantitative real-time PCR. The expression of LINC00657 in ESCC cells was regulated by lentivirus transfection. Online bioinformatics analysis tools were used to predict the potential targets of LINC00657 and miR-615-3p. TCGA database was used to analyze the prognosis of ESCC patients. Transwell, wound healing assay and MTT were performed to investigate the ESCC cells’ biological functions. JunB expression was evaluated by Western blot. Result: LINC00657 was moderately increased in ESCC both in vivo and in vitro and up regulated by irradiation. LINC00657 knockdown could inhibit the migration and proliferation of ESCC cells. And downregulation of LINC00657 significantly enhanced the radio-sensitivity. Moreover, LINC00657 could act as a ceRNA to increase the expression of JunB by binding to miR-615-3p. Meanwhile, overexpression of miR-615-3p resulted in anti-tumor effects and led to the down-regulation of JunB. Survival analysis from TCGA indicated that ESCC patients with higher JunB expression had significant poorer prognosis. Conclusion: LINC00657 might be involved in regulating ESCC's response to radiation; and it functioned as an oncogene in ESCC by targeting miR-615-3p and JunB, providing novel potential therapeutic targets.
Sun, Y., Wang, J., Pan, S., Yang, T., Sun, X., Wang, Y., … Zhang, X. (2018). LINC00657 played oncogenic roles in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma by targeting miR-615-3p and JunB. Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy, 108, 316–324. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopha.2018.09.003