Long non-coding RNA AFAP1-AS1 promotes thyroid cancer progression by sponging miR-204-3p and upregulating DUSP4.

Journal of Biochemistry
Hongzhi MaQi Zhong


Long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) actin filament-associated protein 1-antisense RNA 1 (AFAP1-AS1), shows crucial regulatory function in tumor progression. Nonetheless, the biological function and underlying mechanism of AFAP1-AS1 in the progression of thyroid cancer is still unclear. Expressions of AFAP1-AS1, miR-204-3p, and DUSP4 were quantified utilizing qRT-PCR and/or Western blot. In loss-of-function and gain-of-function assays, cell proliferation, migration and invasion were appraised by CCK-8 assay, wound healing assay, Transwell migration and invasion assays, respectively. Luciferase reporter assay was employed for validating the interaction between miR-204-3p and AFAP1-AS1 or the 3'UTR of dual specificity phosphatase 4 (DUSP4). AFAP1-AS1 was highly expressed in thyroid cancer tissues and cell lines. Highly expressed AFAP1-AS1 was in association with advanced TNM stage and positive lymph node metastasis. Knockdown of AFAP1-AS1 suppressed the proliferation, migration and invasion of thyroid cancer cells, and overexpression of AFAP1-AS1 induced a reversed effect. MiR-204-3p was targetedly repressed by AFAP1-AS1, and miR-204-3p could negatively regulate DUSP4 expression. AFAP1-AS1 augmented the expression of DUSP4 via repressing...Continue Reading

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