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posted on 01.10.2021, 04:55 by Lin Shen, Na Li, Qin Zhou, Zhanzhan Li, Liangfang Shen

Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is one of the greatest public challenges because of delayed diagnosis and poor prognosis. In this study, we established an autophagy-associated long non-coding (Lnc)RNA prognostic signature to assess the prognosis of HNSCC patients. The LncRNA expression profiles and clinical information of 499 HNSCC samples were available in The Cancer Genome Atlas. Autophagic LncRNAs were analyzed using Pearson correlation. A co-expression network showed the interactions between autophagic genes and LncRNAs. An autophagic LncRNAs prognostic signature, consisting of MYOSLID, AL139287.1, AC068580.1, AL022328.2, AC104083.1, AL160006.1, AC116914.2, LINC00958, and AL450992.2, was developed through uni- and multivariate Cox regressions. High- and low-risk groups were classified based on the median risk scores. The high-risk group had significantly worse overall survival according to Kaplan–Meier curve analysis. Multivariate Cox regression demonstrated that risk scores were a significant independent prognostic factor (hazard ratio = 1.739, 95% confidence interval: 1.460–2.072), with an area under the curve of 0.735. Principal component analysis distinguished two categories based on the nine-LncRNA prognostic signature. In conclusion, this novel autophagic LncRNA signature is an independent prognostic factor and may suggest novel therapeutic targets for HNSCC.

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