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Type: Journal article
Title: Aberrant expression of long noncoding RNA SNHG15 correlates with liver metastasis and poor survival in colorectal cancer
Author: Huang, L.
Lin, H.
Kang, L.
Huang, P.
Huang, J.
Cai, J.
Xian, Z.
Zhu, P.
Huang, M.
Wang, L.
Xian, C.J.
Wang, J.
Dong, J.
Citation: Journal of Cellular Physiology, 2019; 234(5):7032-7039
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 0021-9541
1097-4652
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Liang Huang, Hongcheng Lin, Liang Kang, Pinzhu Huang, Jun Huang ... Cory J. Xian ... et al.
Abstract: Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play a critical role in the initiation and progression of colorectal cancer (CRC), but little is known about the function of lncRNAs in the colorectal liver metastasis (CLM). This study was designed to identify specific lncRNAs correlating to liver metastasis of CRC, and to further assess their clinical value. Seventeen patients with primary CRC lesions, adjacent normal mucosa, and synchronous liver metastases lesions were divided into discovery set (six patients) and test set (11 patients). Transcriptome sequencing (RNAseq) was used to screen differential expression of lncRNAs in the discovery set. Based on bioinformatics data, quantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) was used to verify the target lncRNA in test set. The relationships between target lncRNA and clinical values were analysed in an expanded validation set of additional 91 patients. 23 upregulated and 14 downregulated lncRNAs were detected for distinguishing synchronous liver metastases, primary CRC lesions from adjacent normal mucosa in the RNAseq set. The expression levels of four lncRNAs in the 37 lncRNA signature were verified by qRT-PCR in the test set. Compared with the paired normal mucosa, high expression levels of lnc-small-nucleolar RNA host gene 15 (SNHG15) were detected not only in primary CRC lesions but also in liver metastases lesions in the test set. Furthermore, in the expanded validation set, high expression of lnc-SNHG15 was significantly associated with lymph-node metastasis and liver metastasis (p < 0.05), and patients displaying high lncRNA-SNHG15 expression exhibited a shorter median overall survival duration than those displaying low expression (30.7 vs. 35.2 months; p = 0.003). Multivariate analyses demonstrated that lncRNA-SNHG15 overexpression may serve as a poor prognostic biomarker for CRC patients (p = 0.049; Cox's regression: 2.731). Lnc-SNHG15 overexpression was significantly associated with CLM and high-expression of lnc-SNHG15 in CRC was an independent predictor of poor survival.
Keywords: Colorectal liver metastasis
lncRNA-SHNG15
long noncoding RNA
Rights: © 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
DOI: 10.1002/jcp.27456
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/1127396
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