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      LncRNA-SNHG1 promotes macrophage M2-like polarization and contributes to breast cancer growth and metastasis


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          Breast cancer is one of the most common malignant cancers among women. Cancer cells and adjacent cells determine the development of the disease. Tumor associated macrophages (TAMs) are involved in the regulation of different stages of cancer progression. LncRNAs play an important role in tumor growth and metastasis. However, the function of lncRNA in macrophage and tumor cell interaction is poorly described. Here we reported that lncRNA SNHG1 functioned as a modulator of M2 macrophage polarization and regulated tumor growth and angiogenesis. We indicated that knockdown of SNHG1 inhibited M2 macrophage polarization by suppression of STAT6 phosphorylation. SNHG1 silencing significantly alleviated migration of MCF-7 cells and tube formation of Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVEC). Furthermore, we found that implantation of cell mixture of MCF-7 cells and macrophages promoted tumor growth and angiogenesis. However, knockdown of SNHG1 in macrophages reversed that effect. Collectively, we demonstrated the important role of lncRNA SNHG1 in macrophages and breast cancer cells interaction. We highlight the essential effect of lncRNA in tumor progression and provide a new method for the prevention and treatment of breast tumor metastasis.

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            Macrophages are heterogeneous and their phenotype and functions are regulated by the surrounding micro-environment. Macrophages commonly exist in two distinct subsets: 1) Classically activated or M1 macrophages, which are pro-inflammatory and polarized by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) either alone or in association with Th1 cytokines such as IFN-γ, GM-CSF, and produce pro-inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin-1β (IL-1β), IL-6, IL-12, IL-23, and TNF-α; and 2) Alternatively activated or M2 macrophages, which are anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory and polarized by Th2 cytokines such as IL-4 and IL-13 and produce anti-inflammatory cytokines such as IL-10 and TGF-β. M1 and M2 macrophages have different functions and transcriptional profiles. They have unique abilities by destroying pathogens or repair the inflammation-associated injury. It is known that M1/M2 macrophage balance polarization governs the fate of an organ in inflammation or injury. When the infection or inflammation is severe enough to affect an organ, macrophages first exhibit the M1 phenotype to release TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-12, and IL-23 against the stimulus. But, if M1 phase continues, it can cause tissue damage. Therefore, M2 macrophages secrete high amounts of IL-10 and TGF-β to suppress the inflammation, contribute to tissue repair, remodeling, vasculogenesis, and retain homeostasis. In this review, we first discuss the basic biology of macrophages including origin, differentiation and activation, tissue distribution, plasticity and polarization, migration, antigen presentation capacity, cytokine and chemokine production, metabolism, and involvement of microRNAs in macrophage polarization and function. Secondly, we discuss the protective and pathogenic role of the macrophage subsets in normal and pathological pregnancy, anti-microbial defense, anti-tumor immunity, metabolic disease and obesity, asthma and allergy, atherosclerosis, fibrosis, wound healing, and autoimmunity.
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              Over the last decade, it has been increasingly demonstrated that the genomes of many species are pervasively transcribed, resulting in the production of numerous long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs). At the same time, it is now appreciated that many types of DNA regulatory elements, such as enhancers and promoters, regularly initiate bidirectional transcription. Thus, discerning functional noncoding transcripts from a vast transcriptome is a paramount priority, and challenge, for the lncRNA field. In this review, we aim to provide a conceptual and experimental framework for classifying and elucidating lncRNA function. We categorize lncRNA loci into those that regulate gene expression in cis versus those that perform functions in trans , and propose an experimental approach to dissect lncRNA activity based on these classifications. These strategies to further understand lncRNAs promise to reveal new and unanticipated biology, with great potential to advance our understanding of normal physiology and disease.

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                Aging (Albany NY)
                Aging (Albany NY)
                Impact Journals
                15 October 2021
                07 October 2021
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                : 23169-23181
                [1 ]Department of Breast Surgery, The People’s Hospital of Rizhao, Rizhao, Shandong Province, China
                [2 ]Department of Breast and Thyroid Surgery, TCM Hospital of Rizhao, Rizhao, Shandong Province, China
                [3 ]Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, The People’s Hospital of Rizhao, Rizhao, Shandong Province, China
                [4 ]Department of Oncology, The People’s Hospital of Rizhao, Rizhao, Shandong Province, China
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                Correspondence to: Kai Wang; email: wukeba0449@163.com, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8258-4438
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                Copyright: © 2021 Zong et al.

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

                : 04 January 2021
                : 14 May 2021
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                Cell biology
                breast cancer,macrophage,polarization,lncrna,tumor associated macrophages
                Cell biology
                breast cancer, macrophage, polarization, lncrna, tumor associated macrophages


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