qPCR, Western blot, in vitro knockdown, Luciferase reporter assay etc.
cell line (HCT116,SW480), CRC tissues
lnc-DILC overexpression inhibited the growth and metastasis of CRC cells. Consistently, lnc-DILC knockdown facilitated the proliferation and metastasis of CRC cells. Mechanically, lnc-DILC suppressed CRC cell progression via IL-6/STAT3 signaling inactivation. More importantly, the specific STAT3 inhibitor S3I-201 and IL-6R inhibitor tocilizumab abolished the discrepancy of growth and metastasis capacity between lnc-DILC-interference CRC cells and control cells, which further confirmed that IL-6/STAT3 signaling was required in lnc-DILC-disrupted CRC cell growth and metastasis. Taken together, our results suggest that lnc-DILC is a novel CRC suppressor and may prove to be an inhibitor of CRC progression by inactivating IL-6/STAT3 signaling.