Enhancer-derived long non-coding RNAs CCAT1 and CCAT2 at rs6983267 has limited predictability for early stage colorectal carcinoma metastasis.
Up-regulation of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), colon-cancer associated transcript (CCAT) 1 and 2, was associated with worse prognosis in colorectal cancer (CRC). Nevertheless, their role in predicting metastasis in early-stage CRC is unclear. We measured the expression of CCAT1, CCAT2 and their oncotarget, c-Myc, in 150 matched mucosa-tumour samples of early-stage microsatellite-stable Chinese CRC patients with definitive metastasis status by multiplex real-time RT-PCR assay. Expression of CCAT1, CCAT2 and c-Myc were significantly up-regulated in the tumours compared to matched mucosa (p < 0.0001). The expression of c-Myc in the tumours was significantly correlated to time to metastasis [hazard ratio = 1.47 (1.10-1.97)] and the risk genotype (GG) of rs6983267, located within CCAT2. Expression of c-Myc and CCAT2 in the tumour were also significantly up-regulated in metastasis-positive compared to metastasis-negative patients (p = 0.009 and p = 0.04 respectively). Nevertheless, integrating the expression of CCAT1 and CCAT2 by the Random Forest classifier did not improve the predictive values of ColoMet19, the mRNA-based predictor for metastasis previously developed on the same series of tumours. The role of these two lncRNAs is probably mitigated via their oncotarget, c-Myc, which was not ranked high enough previously to be included in ColoMet19.
Thean, LF; Blöcker, C; Li, HH; Lo, M; Wong, M; Tang, CL; Tan, EKW; Rozen, SG; Cheah, PY
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