qPCR, Western blot, Luciferase reporter assay, other
CRC tissues and cell lines (HCT-116, HT29, SW480, and LoVo)
Both the low-expression of miR-147b expression and the advanced tumor stage were independent factor for poor survival probability. Furthermore, overexpression of MAFG-AS1 promoted cell proliferation, cell cycle progression, and invasion, and inhibited apoptosis, while transduction of miR-147b partially reversed the effect of MAFG-AS1 on cellular processes. Consistently, stable over-expression of MAFG-AS1 contributed to the growth of colon cancer cell xenografts in vivo. NDUFA4 was identified as a direct target of miR-147b and knockdown of NDUFA4 abolished the oncogenic role of miR-147b inhibitor. Besides, MAFG-AS1 contributed to cell glycolysis by sponging miR-147b and activation of NDUFA4, causing an upregulation of PDK1, PFK1 and PKM2.