The critical role of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in the development of multiple cancers has been revealed either functioning as a tumor initiator or a cancer suppressor. A widely recognized OIP5 antisense RNA 1 (lncRNA OIP5-AS1) has been validated to be an essential regulator of the tumorigenesis of various malignancies. Whereas, the potential role and the exact mechanism of lncRNA OIP5-AS1 by which OIP5-AS1 mediates gastric cancer (GC) progression remains vague. Therefore, first our work probed its expression levels in GC cell lines and related normal cells by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction. The heightened level of OIP5-AS1 was detected in GC cell lines. In terms of its cellular effects, we performed a series of functional experiments and as presented in the assays, the proliferative potential and motility was diminished. However, more apoptotic cells were induced with the introduction of OIP5-AS1 silencing. Meanwhile, higher Nod-like receptor pyrin domain-containing protein 6 (NLRP6) and enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) expression in the GC cells was monitored. Besides, OIP5-AS1 was disclosed to locate mainly in the nucleus. In terms of mechanism, OIP5-AS1 directly bound to EZH2 and obstructed NLRP6 expression, speeding up GC progression.
Keywords: EZH2; NLRP6; OIP5-AS1; gastric cancer.
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