Articles written in Journal of Biosciences
Volume 41 Issue 4 December 2016 pp 677-687 ARTICLE
Retinoblastoma is the most frequently occurring tumour in the eyes in early childhood. Novel targets that areimportant for the diagnosis or treatment of retinoblastoma could be valuable in increasing the survival rate of patientsaffected by this disease. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a recently discovered type of RNAs with no proteincodingfunction; yet it has become increasingly clear that lncRNAs are responsible for important gene regulatoryfunctions in various diseases. In this study, the expression of lncRNA HOTAIR was measured by qRT-PCR, andHOTAIR expression was found to be significantly upregulated in human retinoblastomas tissues as compared with thatin paracancerous tissues. Knockdown of HOTAIR restricted the proliferation and invasion of the more invasiveretinoblastoma Y79 cells, and led to G0/G1 arrest, possibly through inhibiting phospho-RB1, RB1 and CCNE.Furthermore, we found that the Notch signalling pathway was activated abnormally in retinoblastoma cell lines, whileknockdown of HOTAIR attenuated the endogenous Notch signalling pathway in vitro and in vivo. In addition,knockdown of HOTAIR could inhibit the tumour progression in a xenograft model of retinoblastoma. In summary,our findings indicate that HOTAIR may play important roles in retinoblastoma progression via Notch pathway.HOTAIR has the potential to enhance the development of novel targeted diagnostic and therapeutic approaches forretinoblastoma.
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