Identification of a Novel Prognostic Signature of Genome Instability-Related LncRNAs in Early Stage Lung Adenocarcinoma

Front Cell Dev Biol. 2021 Jul 16;9:706454. doi: 10.3389/fcell.2021.706454. eCollection 2021.


Background: Increasing evidence has demonstrated that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play a crucial part in maintaining genomic instability. We therefore identified genome instability-related lncRNAs and constructed a prediction signature for early stage lung adenocarcinoma (LUAD) as well in order for classification of high-risk group of patients and improvement of individualized therapies.

Methods: Early stage LUAD RNA-seq and clinical data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) were randomly divided into training set (n = 177) and testing set (n = 176). A total of 146 genomic instability-associated lncRNAs were identified based on somatic mutation profiles combining lncRNA expression profiles from TCGA by the "limma R" package. We performed Cox regression analysis to develop this predictive indicator. We validated the prognostic signature by an external independent LUAD cohort with microarray platform acquired from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO).

Results: A genome instability-related six-lncRNA-based gene signature (GILncSig) was established to divide subjects into high-risk and low-risk groups with different outcomes at statistically significant levels. According to the multivariate Cox regression and stratification analysis, the GILncSig was an independent predictive factor. Furthermore, the six-lncRNA signature achieved AUC values of 0.745, 0.659, and 0.708 in the training set, testing set, and TCGA set, respectively. When compared with other prognostic lncRNA signatures, the GILncSig also exhibited better prediction performance.

Conclusion: The prognostic lncRNA signature is a potent tool for risk stratification of early stage LUAD patients. Our study also provided new insights for identifying genome instability-related cancer biomarkers.

Keywords: gene signature; genome instability; long non-coding RNAs; lung adenocarcinoma; prognosis.