Poster Presentation Advances in Neuroblastoma Research Congress 2016

Suppressing the expression of a single novel long noncoding RNA leads to neuroblastoma regression or eradication (#298)

Andrew Tee 1 , Pei Liu 1 , Giorgio Milazzo 2 , E-Young Tan 1 , Sujanna Mondal 1 , Bernard Atmadibrata 1 , Yuting Sun 1 , Murray D Norris 1 , Michelle Haber 1 , Glenn M Marshall 1 , Jo Vandesompele 3 , Marcel E Dinger 4 , Giovanni Perini 2 , Pieter Mestdagh 3 , Tao Liu 1
  1. Children's Cancer Institute Australia, Randwick, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  2. Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
  3. Center for Medical Genetics Ghent, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
  4. Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW, Australia

N-Myc gene amplification occurs in one quarter of human neuroblastoma tissues, and is a marker for poor patient prognosis. We performed RNA sequencing experiments, and identified 5 transcripts, including RP1X, which were most considerably differentially expressed between N-Myc gene amplified and non-amplified human neuroblastoma cell lines. Affymetrix microarray studies revealed that DEPDC was one of the few genes considerably down-regulated in neuroblastoma cells after RP1X depletion. Chromatin immunoprecipitation assays showed that knocking-down RP1X expression reduced histone H3 lysine 4 trimethylation, a marker for active gene transcription, at the DEPDC gene promoter. Luciferase assays demonstrated that knocking-down RP1X decreased DEPDC gene promoter activity. Depletion of RP1X or DEPDC with two independent siRNAs or shRNAs significantly reduced ERK protein phosphorylation, N-Myc protein phosphorylation at Serine 62, N-Myc protein stabilization, neuroblastoma cell proliferation and survival. Clonogenic assays showed that knocking-down RP1X with doxycycline completely abolished colony formation capacity of neuroblastoma cells stably transfected with doxycycline-inducible RP1X shRNAs. Importantly, treatment with doxycycline in mice xenografted with neuroblastoma cells stably transfected with doxycycline-inducible RP1X shRNA, led to tumour regression or eradication.  In human tumour tissues from 600 neuroblastoma patients, high levels of RP1X gene expression correlated with DEPDC gene expression and poor patient prognosis. In conclusion, this study identifies the novel long noncoding RNA RP1X as an important regulator of N-Myc protein stability and neuroblastoma tumourigenesis.