LINC00511 promotes proliferation and invasion by sponging miR-515-5p in gastric cancer

Cell Mol Biol Lett. 2020 Feb 3;25:4. doi: 10.1186/s11658-020-0201-x. eCollection 2020.


Background: Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are known to be involved in tumorigenesis. The functions of LINC00511 in gastric cancer are poorly understood.

Methods: Quantitative RT-PCR was performed to investigate the levels of LINC00511 in gastric cancer tissues and cell lines. CCK-8, flow cytometry, wound-healing and Transwell assays were performed to examine cellular functions. The underlying regulatory mechanisms of LINC00511 in gastric cancer progression were determined using luciferase reporter and RIP assays.

Results: LINC00511 levels were significantly higher in gastric cancer tissues and cell lines than in normal samples. The high expression of LINC00511 in gastric cancer patient samples positively correlated with advanced clinical characters and poor prognosis. Depleting LINC00511 reduced tumor cell proliferation, migration and invasion, slowed tumor growth, and accelerated cell apoptosis. Our mechanistic study results indicated that LINC00511 promotes gastric cancer progression in a miR-515-5p-dependent manner.

Conclusion: We established that LINC00511 may contribute to the proliferation and invasion of gastric cancer cells by modulating miR-515-5p, indicating that LINC00511 may be a potential molecular target for the development of anti-cancer drugs.

Keywords: Gastric cancer; LINC00511; ceRNA; miR-515-5p.