The aim of the present study was to identify long non-coding RNA (lncRNA)-based prognostic biomarkers in papillary renal cell carcinoma (pRCC). lncRNA expression data and corresponding clinical data from patients with pRCC were obtained from The Cancer Genome Atlas. R software and packages were used for data analysis. Univariate Cox regression analysis and least absolute shrinkage and selection operator regression were performed to identify key lncRNAs, which were then used to construct a prognostic model using multivariate Cox regression analysis. Patients were divided into high- and low-risk groups, and Kaplan-Meier (KM) survival curves and time-dependent receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves were plotted. The C-index was calculated to estimate the model’s prognostic power. The hazard ratio (HR), 95% confidence interval (CI), and statistical significance of each key lncRNA were also calculated by multivariate Cox regression. Based on the result of the multivariate Cox regression analysis, KM survival plots were plotted for each significantly associated lncRNA. The subcellular locations of the prognostic biomarkers were predicted using lncRNAMap and lncLocator. A total of 17 lncRNA signatures were identified as key lncRNAs. Overall survival rate was significantly higher in the low-risk group compared with the high-risk group. The areas under the ROC curve were 0.93 (3-year ROC) and 0.902 (5-year ROC), and the C-index was 0.915. A forest plot was used to illustrate the HR and 95% CI of key lncRNAs. KM survival analysis revealed the prognostic significance of two protective biomarkers, AC024022.1 and GAS6-AS1, and three adverse biomarkers, AC087379.2, AL352984.1, and AL499627.1. It was predicted that AC024022.1 and AC087379.2 may be located in the cytoplasm and GAS6-AS1 may be located in the cytosol. The present study may contribute to the management of pRCC and serve as a foundation for further investigations into the underlying mechanism of tumorigenesis and progression of pRCC.

Oncology letters. 2019 Jul 29 [Epub]

Feilong Yang, Yimeng Song, Liyuan Ge, Guojiang Zhao, Cheng Liu, Lulin Ma

Department of Urology, Peking University Third Hospital, Beijing 100191, P.R. China.