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Long noncoding RNA LINC01296 is associated with poor prognosis in prostate cancer and promotes cancer-cell proliferation and metastasis

Authors Wu J, Cheng G, Zhang C, Zheng Y, Xu H, Yang H, Hua L

Received 10 December 2016

Accepted for publication 21 February 2017

Published 27 March 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 1843—1852


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Ingrid Espinoza

Jie Wu,* Gong Cheng,* Cheng Zhang,* Yuxiao Zheng, Haoxiang Xu, Haiwei Yang, Lixin Hua

Department of Urology, First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Background/purpose: Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have emerged as important regulators and biomarkers of tumor development and progression. This study investigated the clinical significance, biological functions, and underlying mechanisms of long intergenic non-protein-coding RNA 1296 (LINC01296) in prostate cancer.
Materials and methods: LINC01296 expression in prostate cancer tissues and cell lines was detected by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). The correlation between LINC01296 expression and clinicopathologic characteristics of prostate cancer was analyzed using Kaplan–Meier analysis and the Cox proportional-hazard model. Small interfering RNA was used to suppress LINC01296, and knockdown efficiency was examined by qRT-PCR. Cell Counting Kit 8 assay, colony-formation assay, migration and invasion assays, and Western blot assay were used to explore the role of LINC01296 in tumor progression further.
Results: LINC01296-expression level was higher in prostate cancer tissues and prostate cancer cells than in adjacent nontumor tissues and immortalized normal prostate stromal WPMY1 cells. LINC01296 expression was correlated with preoperative prostate specific antigen (P=0.002), lymph-node metastasis (P=0.035), Gleason score (P<0.001), and tumor stage (P=0.036). Patients with higher LINC01296 expression displayed advanced clinical features and shorter biochemical recurrence-free survival time than those with lower LINC01296 expression. Multivariate analysis showed that LINC01296 expression was an independent predictor of biochemical recurrence-free survival in prostate cancer. Additionally, LINC01296 knockdown inhibited prostate cancer-cell proliferation, migration, and invasion, demonstrated in an in vitro study involving regulation of PI3K–Akt–mTOR signaling and epithelial–mesenchymal transition.
Conclusion: The results demonstrated that LINC01296 is a novel molecule involved in prostate cancer development and progression, and thus is a potential biomarker of prognosis.

Keywords: long noncoding RNA, prostate cancer, prognosis, proliferation, migration, invasion

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