J Cancer 2019; 10(21):5022-5030. doi:10.7150/jca.30846

Research Paper

Heavy-Ion Carbon Radiation Regulates Long Non-Coding RNAs in Cervical Cancer HeLa Cells

Zhi Yang1,2,3#, Qingying Gu1,2,3#, Ying Wang1,2#, Bo Liu1,2, Guangming Zhou4, Chunlin Shao5, Jing Ruan1,2✉, Renbing Jia1,2✉, Shengfang Ge1,2✉

1. Department of Ophthalmology, Ninth People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200011, People's Republic of China.
2. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Orbital Diseases and Ocular Oncology, Shanghai 200011, People's Republic of China.
3. CAS Key Laboratory of Tissue Microenvironment and Tumor, Shanghai Institute of Nutrition and Health, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200031, People's Republic of China.
4. Department of Radiation Biology, School of Radiation Medication and Protection, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, People's Republic of China.
5. Institute of Radiation Medicine, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200032
# Zhi Yang, Qingying Gu and Ying Wang contributed equally

Abstract

Improving the effects of radiotherapy, such as heavy ion radiation, is currently a research priority for oncotherapy. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a subtype of noncoding RNAs involved in the therapeutic response to tumor radiotherapy. However, little is known about the variations in lncRNAs that occur after heavy ion radiation therapy. In this study, we established two kinds of Agilent Human lncRNA arrays and examined the effects of heavy ion radiation and X-ray irradiation on HeLa cells. We compared the differences in lncRNA expression (>=2-fold changes) between cells treated with the two types of radiation and control cells and identified 504 lncRNAs and 285 mRNAs that were differentially expressed. Among these lncRNAs, TCONS-00009910 was the most highly up-regulated lncRNA, while NONHSAT060631 was the most down-regulated lncRNA in both groups. To validate these sequencing data, RT-PCR was performed, and similar findings were obtained. GO and KEGG pathway analyses were employed to probe the potential functions of the affected lncRNAs. Numerous lncRNAs were changed after radiation exposure, showing that they may have important functions in the response to tumour radiotherapy. The present findings may help to elucidate the mechanism by which lncRNAs affect the clinical responses of cancer to radiation and may provide potential diagnostic and therapeutic targets for cancer therapy.

Keywords: Heavy ion carbon, X-ray, Gene Therapy, LncRNA, Cervical Cancer

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Yang Z, Gu Q, Wang Y, Liu B, Zhou G, Shao C, Ruan J, Jia R, Ge S. Heavy-Ion Carbon Radiation Regulates Long Non-Coding RNAs in Cervical Cancer HeLa Cells. J Cancer 2019; 10(21):5022-5030. doi:10.7150/jca.30846. Available from http://www.jcancer.org/v10p5022.htm