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Activation of an endogenous retrovirus-associated long non-coding RNA in human adenocarcinoma

Overview of attention for article published in Genome Medicine, March 2015
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Activation of an endogenous retrovirus-associated long non-coding RNA in human adenocarcinoma
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Genome Medicine, March 2015
DOI 10.1186/s13073-015-0142-6
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Ewan A Gibb, René L Warren, Gavin W Wilson, Scott D Brown, Gordon A Robertson, Gregg B Morin, Robert A Holt


Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are emerging as molecules that significantly impact many cellular processes and have been associated with almost every human cancer. Compared to protein-coding genes, lncRNA genes are often associated with transposable elements, particularly with endogenous retroviral elements (ERVs). ERVs can have potentially deleterious effects on genome structure and function, so these elements are typically silenced in normal somatic tissues, albeit with varying efficiency. The aberrant regulation of ERVs associated with lncRNAs (ERV-lncRNAs), coupled with the diverse range of lncRNA functions, creates significant potential for ERV-lncRNAs to impact cancer biology. We used RNA-seq analysis to identify and profile the expression of a novel lncRNA in six large cohorts, including over 7,500 samples from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). We identified the tumor-specific expression of a novel lncRNA that we have named Endogenous retroViral-associated ADenocarcinoma RNA or 'EVADR', by analyzing RNA-seq data derived from colorectal tumors and matched normal control tissues. Subsequent analysis of TCGA RNA-seq data revealed the striking association of EVADR with adenocarcinomas, which are tumors of glandular origin. Moderate to high levels of EVADR were detected in 25 to 53% of colon, rectal, lung, pancreas and stomach adenocarcinomas (mean = 30 to 144 FPKM), and EVADR expression correlated with decreased patient survival (Cox regression; hazard ratio = 1.47, 95% confidence interval = 1.06 to 2.04, P = 0.02). In tumor sites of non-glandular origin, EVADR expression was detectable at only very low levels and in less than 10% of patients. For EVADR, a MER48 ERV element provides an active promoter to drive its transcription. Genome-wide, MER48 insertions are associated with nine lncRNAs, but none of the MER48-associated lncRNAs other than EVADR were consistently expressed in adenocarcinomas, demonstrating the specific activation of EVADR. The sequence and structure of the EVADR locus is highly conserved among Old World monkeys and apes but not New World monkeys or prosimians, where the MER48 insertion is absent. Conservation of the EVADR locus suggests a functional role for this novel lncRNA in humans and our closest primate relatives. Our results describe the specific activation of a highly conserved ERV-lncRNA in numerous cancers of glandular origin, a finding with diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic implications.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 1%
Netherlands 1 1%
Unknown 85 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 24 28%
Student > Ph. D. Student 20 23%
Student > Master 14 16%
Student > Bachelor 10 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 7%
Other 6 7%
Unknown 7 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 30 34%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 29 33%
Medicine and Dentistry 8 9%
Immunology and Microbiology 5 6%
Computer Science 4 5%
Other 5 6%
Unknown 6 7%

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