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MicroRNA‑23b‑3p targets non‑SMC condensing I complex subunit G to promote proliferation and inhibit apoptosis of colorectal cancer cells via regulation of the PI3K/AKT signaling pathway

  • Authors:
    • Peidong Li
    • Jing Wen
    • Xiru Ren
    • Yu Zhou
    • Yuan Xue
    • Zaihua Yan
    • Shengjie Li
    • Hongpeng Tian
    • Xue-Gui Tang
    • Guang-Jun Zhang
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  • Published online on: September 28, 2021
  • Article Number: 812
  • Copyright: © Li et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution License.

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Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common types of malignancy worldwide and has a poor prognosis. Non‑SMC condensing I complex subunit G (NCAPG) has been reported to be upregulated in numerous types of malignant tumor. However, to the best of our knowledge, its clinicopathological and biological significance in CRC remain to be elucidated. The results of the present study revealed that NCAPG expression levels were upregulated in human CRC tissues and cell lines. The upregulated expression of NCAPG was positively associated with patient clinicopathological characteristics, such as differentiation and tumor size, and independently associated with poor survival. Consistent with the clinical observations, NCAPG was discovered to promote the proliferation and inhibit the apoptosis of CRC cells. Moreover, NCAPG‑knockdown inhibited CRC cell proliferation by regulating the PI3K/AKT signaling pathway. Furthermore, NCAPG was identified as a potential target of microRNA (miR)‑23b‑3p, which was subsequently demonstrated to negatively regulate NCAPG expression. In conclusion, the findings of the current study indicated that the miR‑23b‑3p/NCAPG/PI3K/AKT signaling axis may play an important role in CRC carcinogenesis, and the status of the molecule may represent a promising prognostic marker for the disease.
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