Glioma is the most common and malignant brain tumor with poor prognosis. We investigated the effects of LINC01564 on temozolomide (TMZ) resistance of glioma cells. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) was performed to detect the high expression of LINC01564 in human TMZ-resistant glioma cell lines. Functional experiments verified that LINC01564 and SRSF1 promote the proliferation and TMZ resistance and inhibit the apoptosis of TMZ-treated glioma cells. Iron and ROS detection analyses showed that LINC01564 and SRSF1 suppress ferroptosis in glioma cells. Western blot proved that LINC01564 is positively associated with NFE2L2. Mechanism experiments verified the interaction between SRSF1 and MAPK8 3′ UTR. In vitro kinase assays showed that MAPK8 can phosphorylate NFE2L2. Rescue experiments showed that MAPK8 reverses the effect of LINC01564 ablation on cell apoptosis and ferroptosis. Meanwhile, NFE2L2 countervails the effect of MAPK8 ablation on the apoptosis and ferroptosis of glioma cells. Animal experiments proved that LINC01564 and MAPK8 facilitate the TMZ resistance of glioma cells in vivo. In conclusion, LINC01564 promotes the TMZ resistance of glioma cells by upregulating NFE2L2 expression to inhibit ferroptosis, which might offer a new perspective into TMZ treatment of glioma. The diagram of the specific mechanism that LINC01564 promotes the TMZ resistance of glioma cells by upregulating NFE2L2 expression to inhibit ferroptosis.© 2022. The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
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