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Long noncoding RNA CCAT1 acts as an oncogene and promotes chemoresistance in docetaxel-resistant lung adenocarcinoma cells

Jing Chen, Kai Zhang, Haizhu Song, Rui Wang, Xiaoyuan Chu and Longbang Chen _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:62474-62489. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.11518

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Jing Chen1,*, Kai Zhang1,*, Haizhu Song1,*, Rui Wang1, Xiaoyuan Chu1, Longbang Chen1

1Department of Medical Oncology, Jinling Hospital, School of Medicine, Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Long-bang Chen, email: [email protected]

Keywords: lung adenocarcinoma (LAD), lncRNA CCAT1, let-7c, chemoresistance, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition

Received: April 23, 2016    Accepted: August 11, 2016    Published: August 23, 2016


Chemoresistance remains one of the major obstacles in clinical treatment of lung adenocarcinoma (LAD). Indeed, docetaxel-resistant LAD cells present chemoresistance and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition phenotypes. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are known to promote tumorigenesis in many cancer types. Here, we showed that the lncRNA colon cancer-associated transcript-1 (CCAT1) was upregulated in docetaxel-resistant LAD cells. Furthermore, downregulation of CCAT1 decreased chemoresistance, inhibited proliferation, enhanced apoptosis and reversed the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition phenotype of docetaxel-resistant LAD cells. We also found that the oncogenic function of CCAT1 in docetaxel-resistant LAD cells depended on the sponging of let-7c. In turn, the sponging of let-7c by CCAT1 released Bcl-xl (a let-7c target), thereby promoting the acquisition of chemoresistance and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition phenotypes in docetaxel-resistant LAD cells. Our data reveal a novel pathway underlying chemoresistance and the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition in docetaxel-resistant LAD cells.

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