lncRNA UASR1 sponges miR-107 in colorectal cancer to upregulate oncogenic CDK8 and promote cell proliferation

Colorectal Cancer

Oncol Lett. 2020 Dec;20(6):305. doi: 10.3892/ol.2020.12168. Epub 2020 Sep 29.


lncRNA UASR1 (UASR1) has been characterized as an oncogenic lncRNA in breast cancer. UASR1 was predicted to interact with miR-107, which serves tumor suppressive roles mainly by targeting CDK8. The present study was performed to investigate the interactions among UASR1, miR-107 and CDK8 in colorectal cancer (CRC). A total of 62 patients with CRC, including 40 males and 22 females (age range, 38-67 years; mean age, 57.2±7.6 years) were enrolled at the Second Hospital of Shandong University

between July 2012 and July 2014. The expression of UASR1 in tissues and cells were detected by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction. The interaction between UASR1 and miR-107 was investigated by performing dual luciferase activity assay, and the effects of overexpression of UASR1, miR-107 and CDK8 on the proliferation of CR4 cells were analyzed by performing cell proliferation analysis. It was observed that UASR1 is upregulated in CRC and its high expression levels predicted poor survival in patients with CRC. RNA-RNA interaction prediction demonstrated that UASR1 may interact with miR-107. In CRC cells, overexpression of UASR1 and miR-107 did not affect each other. However, the expression of CDK8, a target of miR-107, was upregulated following overexpression of UASR1. Notably, overexpression of UASR1 decreased the inhibitory effects of miR-107 on cell proliferation and the expression of CDK8. Therefore, UASR1 may sponge miR-107 to upregulate oncogenic CDK8, thereby promoting CRC cell proliferation.