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The long noncoding RNA HOXA11 antisense induces tumor progression and stemness maintenance in cervical cancer

 Hee Jung Kim  ;  Kyung Jin Eoh  ;  Lee Kyung Kim  ;  Eun Ji Nam  ;  Sun Och Yoon  ;  Kun-Hong Kim  ;  Jae Kwan Lee  ;  Sang Wun Kim  ;  Young Tae Kim 
 ONCOTARGET , Vol.7(50) : 83001-83016, 2016 
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Recent research has focused on the impact of long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) in cervical carcinogenesis. However, whether HOXA11 antisense (HOXA11-AS) is involved in cervical cancer remains to be elucidated. In the present study, we examined HOXA11-AS expression levels in cervical cancer patients and determined the relationships between HOXA11-AS expression and clinicopathological factors. We also investigated the bio-functional consequences of HOXA11-AS overexpression both in vitro and in vivo. HOXA11-AS expression was significantly greater in tissues from patients with cervical cancer than in control patients (P<0.001). Multivariate analysis showed that high HOXA11-AS was an independent prognosticator of overall survival (Hazard ratio=2.450, P=0.032). HOXA11-AS overexpression enhanced cell proliferation, migration, and tumor invasion in vitro, whereas HOXA11-AS knockdown inhibited these biologic aggressive features. These adverse changes were accompanied by characteristics of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). In vivo xenograft experiments using the siHOXA11-AS-transfected HeLa cells revealed that HOXA11-AS strongly induced tumor growth. Furthermore, we found that HOXA11-AS knockdown decreased cancer stemness and triggered the EMT program. In conclusion, HOXA11-AS overexpression correlated with poor survival in patients with cervical cancer. Thus, HOXA11-AS may be a pivotal target for exploring novel cervical cancer therapeutics.
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Kim, Kun Hong(김건홍) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5639-6372
Kim, Sang Wun(김상운) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8342-8701
Kim, Young Tae(김영태) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7347-1052
Nam, Eun Ji(남은지) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0189-3560
Eoh, Kyung Jin(어경진) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1684-2267
Yoon, Sun Och(윤선옥) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5115-1402
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