864P - Long non-coding RNAs are differentially expressed between bladder cancer subtypes.

Date 10 September 2017
Event ESMO 2017 Congress
Session Poster display session
Topics Urothelial Cancers
Genitourinary Cancers
Translational Research
Basic Principles in the Management and Treatment (of cancer)
Presenter Sébastien Rinaldetti
Citation Annals of Oncology (2017) 28 (suppl_5): v295-v329. 10.1093/annonc/mdx371
Authors S. Rinaldetti1, E. Rempel2, T.S. Worst3, M. Eckstein4, A. Steidler3, C.A. Weiss5, C. Bolenz6, A. Hartmann7, P. Erben3
  • 1Department Of Oncology And Hematology, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, 68167 - Mannheim/DE
  • 2Division Of Signaling And Functional Genomics, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg/DE
  • 3Department Of Urology, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim/DE
  • 4Institute Of Pathology, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen/DE
  • 5Institute Of Pathology, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim/DE
  • 6Department Of Urology, University of Ulm, Ulm/DE
  • 7Department Of Pathology, University Erlangen, Erlangen/DE



The recent identification of molecular bladder cancer subtypes by whole transcriptome studies showed similarities to molecular breast cancer phenotypes. We here validate these subtypes with a sensitive 36 gene nCounter screening and analyse relevant lncRNA for their differential expression.


RNA has been extracted from chemotherapy-naïve muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC) after radical cystectomy (follow-up: 12 years, n = 48). A multiple marker gene panel has been quantified with the nCounter technology. In silico validation of the classifier geneset on 170 MIBCs has been performed. All squamous carcinoma were excluded. LncRNAs were analyzed in a clustering-independent assessment. Multivariate analyses were performed by a Cox proportional hazards model.


36 consensus genes were generated by Venn diagrams based on the Mannheim, Lund, Chungbuk and MDA cohorts. This minimal set of genes generated 3 stable clusters: basal, luminal and infiltrated. The subtype specific assessment of 14 lncRNAs relevant in bladder cancer showed a highly subtype specific expression for 9 lncRNAs. The infiltrated subtype, characterized by an activated p53 downstream signature, showed an overexpression of SRA1 and MEG3 (p ≤ 0.003) - the latter is known for promoting the expression of TP53. The lncRNAs H19, GAS5, TUG1 and CBR3-AS1 showed a significant upregulation in the luminal subtype (p 


In this study, MIBC subtypes have been validated by a sensitive quantification method. Molecular subtypes and H19 prove to be independent risk factors superior to TNM. This study demonstrates for the first time a differential expression of lncRNA between MIBC subtypes. The potential impact of lncRNA on phenotype determination has to be investigated in vivo.

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R. Sébastien: Novartis Research Fund. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.