The long non-coding RNA LOC441204 enhances cell growth in human glioma

Tzu Kang Lin, Chang Nen Chang, Cheng Shian Tsai, Yin Cheng Huang, Yu Jen Lu, Wei Jan Chen, Yang-Hsiang Lin, I. Hsiao Chung, Kwang Huei Lin*

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Glioma is the most common and aggressive type of brain tumor. While long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are clearly more abundant in human brain than protein-coding genes, the specific roles of lncRNAs and mechanisms underlying their dysregulation in glioma remain unclear. Here, we focused on lncRNAs that are differentially expressed in brain tumor and their potential biological functions. LOC441204, a novel non-coding RNA gene displaying high expression in clinical specimens of brain tumor and significant upregulation in glioma cell lines in microarray analyses, was selected for further study. Notably, knockdown of LOC441204 suppressed tumor cell proliferation in two glioma cell lines. Moreover, LOC441204-induced tumor cell growth was mediated the stabilization of β-catenin pathway. Briefly, LOC441204 bound to β-catenin preventing its degradation, resulting in downstream p21 repression and cdk4 activation to enhance glioma cell proliferation. Collectively, our findings indicate a pro-oncogenic role of LOC441204 in tumor cell growth through activation of the β-catenin/p21/cdk4 cascade to act as a potential diagnostic marker or therapeutic target in brain tumor.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5603
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 01 12 2017

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