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Comprehensive analysis of differentially expressed profiles of lncRNAs and construction of miR-133b mediated ceRNA network in colorectal cancer

Hao Wu _, Runliu Wu, Miao Chen, Daojiang Li, Jing Dai, Yi Zhang, Kai Gao, Jun Yu, Gui Hu, Yihang Guo, Changwei Lin and Xiaorong Li

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:21095-21105. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.15045

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Hao Wu1, Runliu Wu1, Miao Chen1, Daojiang Li1, Jing Dai1, Yi Zhang1, Kai Gao1, Jun Yu1, Gui Hu1, Yihang Guo1, Changwei Lin1, Xiaorong Li1

1Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, The Third Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410013, P. R. China

Correspondence to:

Xiaorong Li, email: [email protected]

Changwei Lin, email: [email protected]

Keywords: miR-133b, lncRNA, ceRNA, colorectal cancer

Received: November 11, 2016    Accepted: January 09, 2017    Published: February 03, 2017


Background: Growing evidence suggests that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play a key role in tumorigenesis. However, the mechanism remains largely unknown.

Results: Thousands of significantly dysregulated lncRNAs and mRNAs were identified by microarray. Furthermore, a miR-133b-meditated lncRNA-mRNA ceRNA network was revealed, a subset of which was validated in 14 paired CRC patient tumor/non-tumor samples. Gene set enrichment analysis (GSEA) results demonstrated that lncRNAs ENST00000520055 and ENST00000535511 shared KEGG pathways with miR-133b target genes.

Materials and Methods: We used microarrays to survey the lncRNA and mRNA expression profiles of colorectal cancer and para-cancer tissues. Gene Ontology (GO) and KEGG pathway enrichment analyses were performed to explore the functions of the significantly dysregulated genes. An innovate method was employed that combined analyses of two microarray data sets to construct a miR-133b-mediated lncRNA-mRNA competing endogenous RNAs (ceRNA) network. Quantitative RT-PCR analysis was used to validate part of this network. GSEA was used to predict the potential functions of these lncRNAs.

Conclusions: This study identifies and validates a new method to investigate the miR-133b-mediated lncRNA-mRNA ceRNA network and lays the foundation for future investigation into the role of lncRNAs in colorectal cancer.

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