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Down-regulation expression of TGFB2-AS1 inhibits the proliferation, migration, invasion and induces apoptosis in HepG2 cells
- Liu, Wenrong, Huai, Ruiping, Zhang, Yin, Rao, Shuquan, xiong, Lili, Ding, Ruofan, Mao, Canquan, Zhao, Wenqing, Hao, Tao, Huang, Qingqing, Guo, Zhiyun
- Genes & genomics 2019 v.41 no.8 pp. 951-959
- apoptosis, carcinogenesis, data collection, hepatoma, human cell lines, in vitro studies, mortality, non-coding RNA, prognosis, therapeutics, tissues, transcriptome
- BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the leading cause of cancer mortality and without effective prognosis. Previous study has been confirmed that the abnormal expression of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) TGFB2-AS1 was involved in tumorigenesis. However, the biological functions of TGFB2-AS1 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remain largely unclear. OBJECTIVE: We comprehensively assess the clinical significance of TGFB2-AS1 and investigate the biological functions of TGFB2-AS1 on HCC HepG2 cells. METHODS: We firstly confirmed the expression of TGFB2-AS1 between tumor and normal tissues using public available transcriptome data. We analyzed the clinical significance of TGFB2-AS1 using the TCGA HCC datasets. The biological functions of TGFB2-AS1 on HCC HepG2 cells were explored by multiple in vitro assays. RESULTS: We found that TGFB2-AS1 was remarkably increased in HCC tissues (P = 0.00148) and exhibited a potential predictive marker for HCC, with an area under curve (AUC) of 0.708 (P = 0.0034) using the fifty pairs of matched HCC tissues of TCGA. Besides, higher expression of TGFB2-AS1 in HCC tissues was identified as being positively associated with advanced tumor (P = 0.012) and disease stage (P = 0.009) in 355 HCC cases using independent sample nonparametric test. Downregulation of TGFB2-AS1 expression significantly restrained proliferation (P < 0.01) and impaired colony formation (P < 0.05). Furthermore, TGFB2-AS1 depletion remarkably promoted the apoptosis of HepG2 cells (P < 0.05) and inhibited migration and invasion (P < 0.01). CONCLUSION: Taken together, these findings suggested that TGFB2-AS1 might serve as a potential therapeutic target for HCC.