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Long non-coding RNAs LOC285194, RP11-462C24.1 and Nbla12061 in serum provide a new approach for distinguishing patients with colorectal cancer from healthy controls

Chuanxi Wang, Jinyu Yu, Yuping Han, Leping Li, Jie Li, Tao Li and Peng Qi _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:70769-70778. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.12220

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Chuanxi Wang1, Jinyu Yu1, Yuping Han2, Leping Li3, Jie Li4, Tao Li4, Peng Qi5,6,7

1Department of Oncology, Shandong Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong Province, China

2Department of Emergency, Shandong Provincial Hospital affiliated to Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong Province, China

3Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Shandong Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong Province, China

4Department of Infectious Diseases, Shandong Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong Province, China

5Department of Pathology, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, Fudan, Shanghai, China

6Department of Oncology, Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University, Fudan, Shanghai, China

7Institute of Pathology, Fudan University, Fudan, Shanghai, China

Correspondence to:

Peng Qi, email: [email protected]

Keywords: long non-coding RNA, serum, colorectal cancer, biomarker

Received: March 28, 2016     Accepted: September 02, 2016     Published: September 23, 2016


Colorectal cancer (CRC) is currently the most prevalent malignant cancer worldwide. However, there is a lack of efficient biomarkers for CRC screening. Accumulating evidence reveals that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) detectable in serum are associated with the genesis and development of various types of cancer. Therefore, we examined the diagnostic ability of lncRNAs in blood samples from patients with CRC by evaluating the levels of 17 CRC- or gastrointestinal cancer-related lncRNAs in serum samples from 71 CRC patients and 70 healthy individuals using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). We detected 13 lncRNAs in serum, three of which displayed significantly different levels between CRC patients and healthy controls. A three-lncRNA signature (LOC285194, RP11-462C24.1 and Nbla12061) identified via stepwise regression analysis showed potential as a diagnostic marker for CRC. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of this signature for distinguishing CRC patients from healthy individuals was 0.793 (95% CI: 0.709 to 0.861). The diagnostic ability of this marker was much higher than that of conventional blood biomarkers such as carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), carbohydrate antigen 199 (CA199), carbohydrate antigen 125 (CA125) and carbohydrate antigen 724 (CA724). Combining this novel marker with conventional biomarkers produced even greater diagnostic ability. Furthermore, the levels of the three lncRNAs decreased after the patients underwent surgical resection. The results of this study suggest an additional marker for CRC screening and provide new directions for further investigation.

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