Long Non-Coding RNA CCAT1 Acts as a Competing Endogenous RNA to Regulate Cell Growth and Differentiation in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

  • Chen, Lianxiang (Department of Hematology, The Affiliated Hospital of Inner Mongolia Medical University) ;
  • Wang, Wei (Department of Emergency, Inner Mongolia People's Hospital) ;
  • Cao, Lixia (Department of Hematology, The Affiliated Hospital of Inner Mongolia Medical University) ;
  • Li, Zhijun (Department of Anatomy, Basic Medical College, The Inner Mongolia Medical University) ;
  • Wang, Xing (Department of Anatomy, Basic Medical College, The Inner Mongolia Medical University)
  • Received : 2015.11.09
  • Accepted : 2016.02.11
  • Published : 2016.04.30


Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are involved in multiple cellular events, as well as in tumorigenesis. Colon cance-rassociated transcript-1 (CCAT1) gene encodes an lncRNA whose over-activation was observed in an expanding list of primary human solid tumors and tumor cell lines, however its biological roles in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) has not been reported yet at present. In this study, the aberrant upregulation of CCAT1 was detected in French-American-British M4 and M5 subtypes of adult AML patients. By gain- and loss-of-function analysis, we determined that CCAT1 repressed monocytic differentiation and promoted cell growth of HL-60 by sequestering tumor suppressive miR-155. Accordingly, a significant decrease in miR-155 level was detected in AML patients. Reintroduction of miR-155 into HL-60 cells restored monocytic maturation and repressed cell proliferation. Furthermore, CCAT1 could up-regulated c-Myc via its competing endogenous RNA (ceRNA) activity on miR-155. In conclusion, these results revealed new mechanism of lncRNA CCAT1 in AML development, and suggested that the manipulation of CCAT1 expression could serve as a potential strategy in AML therapy.




Supported by : National Natural Science Foundation of China, Natural Science Foundation of Inner Mongolia People's Hospital


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