Long Non-coding RNA GAS5 Functions as a Tumor Suppressor in Renal Cell Carcinoma

Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is a malignancy with a poor prognosis. Researchers at the Medical College of Soochow University, China  aimed to explore whether the expression of Long Non-Coding RNA (LncRNA) growth arrest-specific transcript 5 (GAS5) is associated with RCC genesis.

GAS5 They selected twelve clinical samples diagnosed for renal clear cell carcinoma and found that the LncRNA GAS5 transcript levels were significantly reduced relative to those in adjacent unaffected normal renal tissues. In addition, expression of GAS5 was lower in the RCC cell line A498 than that in normal renal cell line HK-2. Furthermore, using functional expression cloning, they found that overexpression of GAS5 in A498 cells inhibited cell proliferation, induced cell apoptosis and arrested cell cycling. At the same time, the migration and invasion potential of A498 cells were inhibited compared to control groups.

This study provides the first evidence that a decrease in GAS5 expression is associated with RCC genesis and progression and overexpression of GAS5 can act as a tumor suppressor for RCC, providing a potential attractive therapeutic approach for this malignancy.

  • Qiao HP, Gao WS, Huo JX, Yang ZS. (2013) Long Non-coding RNA GAS5 Functions as a Tumor Suppressor in Renal Cell Carcinoma. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev 14(2), 1077-82. [article]

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