Long non-coding RNA LINC00662 promotes proliferation and migration of breast cancer cells via regulating the miR-497-5p/EglN2 axis


Previous reports indicated that long noncoding RNA 662 (LINC00662) plays a crucial role in several human cancers. Here, we studied the expression pattern of LINC00662 and explored its function in human breast cancer. The expression level of LINC00662 was determined in human breast cancer cell lines and tissues by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). Cytoplasmic and nuclear RNA from MDA-MB-157 cells were extracted to analyze the subcellular location of LINC00662. Moreover, the MTT assay, wound-healing assay, colony-forming assay and transwell assay were employed in MDA-MB-157 cells to detect the effect of LINC00662 on cell apoptosis, invasion, migration and proliferation, respectively. LINC00662-specific miRNA and miRNA-gene axis were examined in a dual-luciferase reporter assay and Western blot. We found that LINC00662 was overexpressed in both breast cancer cell lines and tissue compared to normal breast cell lines and healthy breast tissue. Analysis of subcellular localization revealed that LINC00662 was mainly found in the cytoplasm. Furthermore, LINC00662 silencing reduced cell viability and inhibited the proliferation, migration and invasion of MDA-MB-157 cells. Bioinformatics analysis predicted that LNC00662 binds to miR-497-5p. A series of studies confirmed that LINC00662 directly interacted with miR-497-5p and downregulated its expression in MDA-MB-157 cells. MiR-497-5p knockdown significantly reversed the inhibitory effect of shLINC00662. Moreover, egl-9 family hypoxia inducible factor 2 (EglN2) was verified as a target of miR-497-5p. Overall, our results demonstrated that overexpression of LINC00662 accelerated the malignant growth of breast cancer cells via sponging miR-497-5p and upregulating EglN2 expression, and indicate that targeting LINC00662 may represent a novel strategy for breast cancer therapy.