Aging (Albany NY). 2020 Oct 8;12. doi: 10.18632/aging.103907. Online ahead of print.
Radiotherapy resistance is one of the main causes for treatment failure in colorectal cancer (CRC), and it is associated with the deregulation of certain microRNAs. In this study, we constructed the microRNA-mRNA network consisting of 2275 microRNAs and 7045 target genes, collected the known microRNAs related to CRC-radiosensitivity (CRCR) (n=18) as the seed nodes, and applied the algorithm of random walk with restart (RWR) to the network to identify novel CRCR-related microRNAs (n=263). In
functional analysis, 263 novel microRNAs shared a high proportion of the same biological processes and pathways with the known microRNAs. In topological analysis of the sub-network of the 263 microRNAs and their targets, hsa-mir-506-3p and hsa-mir-140-5p were identified as network hub nodes. In plasma, radiosensitive patients had a higher expression level of hsa-mir-506-3p and hsa-mir-140-5p than radioresistant patients. In experimental validation, both hsa-mir-506-3p and hsa-mir-140-5p over-expression could obviously decrease the cell proliferation, survival rate and colonality in CRC cells after radiation. In conclusion, this study combined the novel network-based method with experimental validation, and identified two novel radiosensitive biomarkers of hsa-mir-506-3p and hsa-mir-140-5p in CRC.