LncRNA HOTAIRM1 Inhibits the Proliferation and Invasion of Lung Adenocarcinoma Cells via the miR-498/WWOX Axis

Cancer Manag Res. 2020 Jun 9;12:4379-4390. doi: 10.2147/CMAR.S244573. eCollection 2020.


Background: Lung adenocarcinoma (ADC) is a major form of lung cancer, which is a main cause of global cancer-related death in male and female patients. LncRNAs are implicated in tumor development. However, the functions and mechanisms of the LncRNA HOTAIRM1 in ADC are not known.

Materials and methods: Here, the downregulated HOTAIRM1 in ADC was selected by TCGA analysis. Subsequently, qRT-PCR, CCK-8, EdU, cell apoptosis, cell cycle and cell invasion assays were utilized for evaluating the roles of HOTAIRM1 in ADC. Finally, we explored the mechanism of HOTAIRM1 in ADC.

Results: HOTAIRM1 expression was considerably decreased in ADC tissues. The knockdown of HOTAIRM1 promoted the cell cycle, growth, and invasion of ADC. Moreover, HOTAIRM1 competitively bound miR-498 to regulate the expression of WWOX.

Conclusion: HOTAIRM1 suppressed the proliferation and invasion of ADC cells via the modulation of miR-498/WWOX axis. This finding suggested that it might be clinically valuable as a biomarker for ADC. Furthermore, the findings suggest LncRNA HOTAIRM1 as a candidate therapeutic target in ADC.

Keywords: HOTAIRM1; WWOX; cell proliferation; lung adenocarcinoma; miR-498.

Grant support

This work was supported by the Key Research and Development Project of Shaanxi Province [2019KW-037].