Aberrant expression of lncRNA MALAT1 modulates radioresistance in colorectal cancer in vitro via miR-101-3p sponging

Colorectal Cancer

Guo J, et al. Exp Mol Pathol 2020.


Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of deadly malignancies that affects humans globally. Herein, the effects of MALAT1 on CRC cellular functions were investigated. RT-qPCR measured expression of MALAT1 in human cell lines for colorectal Cancer. Radiation-resistance CRC cells (CRC-IR) were generated by increasing treatments of irradiation. Cell transfection upregulated or silenced genes in CRC-IR cells so as to study the correlation between MALAT1/miR-101-3p expression and cellular resistance to

irradiation through evaluation of CCK-8, FCM apoptosis, Transwell migration and invasion and western blot assays for cell viability,apoptosis, migration and invasion and EMT. MALAT1 was upregulated in radio-resistance cell lines compared to normal CRC cells and upregulation promoted cell viability. In addition, decreased MALAT1 inhibited cell proliferation and metastasis and promoted apoptosis of CRC-IR cells. The luciferase assays confirmed that MALAT1 targeted and regulated miR-101-3p expression in radio-resistance cells. MiR-101-3p counteracted the effect exerted by MALAT1 in CRC-IR cells, indicating that MALAT1 added to the radio-resistance in vitro while miR-101-3p mimics could decrease the resistance to irradiation in CRC. In this study we have demonstrated that MALAT1 could regulate the radio-resistance in colorectal cancer via sponging miR-101-3p. Eventually, these outcomes unearthed a novel axis lncRNA MALAT1/miR-101-3p,which might be a prospective treatment to regulate radio-therapy in the near future.