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J BUON. 2019 Nov-Dec;24(6):2273-2279.

Long noncoding RNA ROR1-AS1 enhances lung adenocarcinoma metastasis and induces epithelial-mesenchymal transition by sponging miR-375.

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Department of Pediatrics, Zhongda Hospital, School of Medicine, Southeast University, Nanjing, China.



The vital role of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in tumor progression have been identified in numerous studies. In this research, lncRNA ROR1-AS1 was explored to verify its function during the development of lung adenocarcinoma (LAC).


Real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) was utilized to measure ROR1-AS1 expression of LAC tissues. Function assays including wound healing assay and transwell assay were conducted to detect the effect of knockdown of ROR1-AS1 on the metastasis of LAC, and luciferase assays and RNA immunoprecipitation assay (RIP) were also performed to explore the underlying mechanism.


ROR1-AS1 expression level was significantly higher in LAC samples compared with that in adjacent tissues, which was associated with patients' prognosis. Knockdown of ROR1-AS1 inhibited cell migration and cell invasion of LAC cells via suppressing epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) process. Furthermore, it was discovered that ROR1-AS1 acted as a competing endogenous RNA via sponging miR-375 in LAC.


These results suggested that ROR1-AS1 could act as a sponge for miR-375 and promo//e cell migration and invasion through suppressing the process of EMT in LAC, which may offer a potential therapeutic target in LAC.

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