Cloning and characterization of the putative AFAP1-AS1 promoter region

Journal of Cancer
Fang WeiFang Xiong


Actin filament-associated protein 1-antisense RNA1 (AFAP1-AS1), a cancer-related long non-coding RNA, has been found to be upregulated in multiple types of cancers. AFAP1-AS1 is important for the initiation, progression and poor prognosis of many cancers, including nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). However, the mechanism underlying the regulation of AFAP1-AS1 expression is not well-understood. In our study, the potential promoter region of AFAP1-AS1 was predicted by comprehensive bioinformatics analysis. Moreover, promoter deletion analysis identified the sequence between positions -359 and -28 bp as the minimal promoter region of AFAP1-AS1. The ChIP assay results indicate that the AFAP1-AS1 promoter is responsive to the transcription factor c-Myc, which can promote high AFAP1-AS1 expression. This study is the first to clone and characterize the AFAP1-AS1 promoter region. Our findings will help to better understand the underlying mechanism of high AFAP1-AS1 expression in tumorigenesis and to develop new strategies for therapeutic high expression of AFAP1-AS1 in NPC.


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