Objective: Transcribed-ultraconserved regions (T-UCR) are long non-coding RNAs which are conserved across species and are involved in carcinogenesis. We studied T-UCRs downstream of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway in liver cancer. Design: Hypomorphic Apc mice (Apcfl/fl) and thiocetamide (TAA)-treated rats developed Wnt/β-catenin dependent hepatocarcinoma (HCC) and cholangiocarcinoma (CCA), respectively. T-UCR expression was assessed by microarray, real-time PCR and in situ hybridisation. Results: Overexpression of the T-UCR uc.158-could differentiate Wnt/β-catenin dependent HCC from normal liver and from β-catenin negative diethylnitrosamine (DEN)-induced HCC. uc.158-was overexpressed in human HepG2 versus Huh7 cells in line with activation of the Wnt pathway. In vitro modulation of β-catenin altered uc.158-expression in human malignant hepatocytes. uc.158-expression was increased in CTNNB1-mutated human HCCs compared with non-mutated human HCCs, and in human HCC with nuclear localisation of β-catenin. uc.158-was increased in TAA rat CCA and reduced after treatment with Wnt/β-catenin inhibitors. uc.158-expression was negative in human normal liver and biliary epithelia, while it was increased in human CCA in two different cohorts. Locked nucleic acid-mediated inhibition of uc.158-reduced anchorage cell growth, 3D-spheroid formation and spheroid-based cell migration, and increased apoptosis in HepG2 and SW1 cells. miR-193b was predicted to have binding sites within the uc.158-sequence. Modulation of uc.158-changed miR-193b expression in human malignant hepatocytes. Co-transfection of uc.158-inhibitor and anti-miR-193b rescued the effect of uc.158-inhibition on cell viability. Conclusions: We showed that uc.158-is activated by the Wnt pathway in liver cancers and drives their growth. Thus, it may represent a promising target for the development of novel therapeutics.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - Jul 1 2017|
- BILARY DUCT CARCINOMA
- HEPATOCELLULAR CARCINOMA
- RNA EXPRESSION
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