Ultraconserved long non-coding RNA uc.63 in breast cancer

Alberto Marini, Anna Maria Lena, Emanuele Panatta, Cristina Ivan, Leng Han, Han Liang, Margherita Annicchiarico-Petruzzelli, Nicola Daniele, George A. Calin, Eleonora Candi, Gerry Melino

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Transcribed-ultraconserved regions (T-UCRs) are long non-coding RNAs (lncRNA) encoded by a subset of long ultraconserved stretches in the human genome. Recent studies revealed that the expression of several T-UCRs is altered in cancer and growing evidences underline the importance of T-UCRs in oncogenesis, offering also potential new strategies for diagnosis and prognosis. We found that overexpression of one specific T-UCRs named uc.63 is associated with bad outcome in luminal A subtype of breast cancer patients. uc.63 is localized in the third intron of exportin-1 gene (XPO1) and is transcribed in the same orientation of its host gene. Interestingly, silencing of uc.63 induces apoptosis in vitro. However, silencing of host gene XPO1 does not cause the same effect suggesting that the transcription of uc.63 is independent of XPO1. Our results reveal an important role of uc.63 in promoting breast cancer cells survival and offer the prospect to identify a signature associated with poor prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jul 13 2016


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