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C/D-box snoRNA-derived RNA production is associated with malignant transformation and metastatic progression in prostate cancer

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      Small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) are dynamically regulated in different tissues and affected in disease. SnoRNAs are processed further to stable smaller RNAs. We sequenced the small RNA transcriptome of prostate cancer (PCa) at different PCa stages and generated a quantified catalogue of 3927 small non-coding RNAs (sncRNAs) detected in normal and malignant prostate tissue. From these, only 1524 are microRNAs. The remaining 2401 sncRNAs represent stable sncRNAs species that originate from snoRNA, tRNA and other sncRNAs. We show that snoRNA-derived RNAs (sdRNAs) display stronger differential expression than microRNAs and are massively upregulated in PCa. SdRNAs account for at least one third of all small RNAs with expression changes in tumor compared to normal adjacent tissue. Multiple sdRNAs can be produced from one snoRNA in a manner related to the conservation of structural snoRNA motifs. Q-PCR analysis in an independent patient cohort (n=106) confirmed the processing patterns of selected snoRNAs ( SNORD44, SNORD78, SNORD74 and SNORD81) and the cancer-associated up-regulation of their sdRNAs observed in sequencing data. Importantly, expression of SNORD78 and its sdRNA is significantly higher in a subset of patients that developed metastatic disease demonstrating that snoRNA and sdRNAs may present as novel diagnostic and/or prognostic biomarkers for PCa.

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            Affiliations
            1 Department of Urology, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
            2 Exiqon A/S, Vedbaek, Denmark
            3 Nuevolution A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark
            4 Chr. Hansen A/S, Hørsholm, Denmark
            5 Institute of Biosciences and Medical Technology - BioMediTech, University of Tampere and Tampere University Hospital, Tampere, Finland
            Author notes
            Correspondence to: Elena Martens-Uzunova, e.martens@ 123456erasmusmc.nl
            Journal
            Oncotarget
            Oncotarget
            ImpactJ
            Oncotarget
            Impact Journals LLC
            1949-2553
            10 July 2015
            19 May 2015
            : 6
            : 19
            : 17430-17444
            26041889
            4627319
            Copyright: © 2015 Martens-Uzunova et al.

            This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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            Oncology & Radiotherapy

            snorna, sdrna, snord78, gas5, prostate cancer

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