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LncRNA MCM3AP-AS1 promotes proliferation, migration and invasion of oral squamous cell carcinoma cells via regulating miR-204-5p/FOXC1

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Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is a lethal malignancy. It is reportedly demonstrated that long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) participates in the development of OSCC. The purpose of this study was to clarify the function and possible molecular mechanisms of lncRNA MCM3AP antisense RNA 1 (lncRNA MCM3AP-AS1) in OSCC. Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) was adopted to investigate MCM3AP-AS1 expressions in OSCC tissues and cells. The proliferation, migration and invasion of HN-6 and SCC-9 cells were probed by cell counting kit-8 and Transwell assays, respectively. Dual luciferase reporter gene assay, Pearson’s correlation analysis, qRT-PCR and western blot were used to detect the binding relationship among miR-204-5 p, MCM3AP-AS1 and forkheadbox C1 (FOXC1). MCM3AP-AS1 expression was elevated in OSCC tissues and cell lines. Overexpression of MCM3AP-AS1 facilitated the proliferation, migration and invasion of OSCC cells, while the knockdown of MCM3AP-AS1 suppressed these malignant phenotypes. Besides, MCM3AP-AS1 impeded miR-204-5 p by binding with it. MCM3AP-AS1 could also upregulate the expression of FOXC1 via repressing miR-204-5 p.MCM3AP-AS1 promotes the progression of OSCC cells by adsorbing miR-204-5 p and upregulating FOXC1 expressions.

  • carcinoma, squamous cell
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