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In Journal of oncology

BACKGROUND : Clear cell renal cell carcinoma's (ccRCC) occurrence and development are strongly linked to the metabolic reprogramming of tumors, and thus far, neither its prognosis nor treatment has achieved satisfying clinical outcomes.

METHODS : The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) databases, respectively, provided us with information on the RNA expression of ccRCC patients and their clinical data. Cuproptosis-related genes (CRGS) were discovered in recent massive research. With the help of log-rank testing and univariate Cox analysis, the prognostic significance of CRGS was examined. Different cuproptosis subtypes were identified using consensus clustering analysis, and GSVA was used to further investigate the likely signaling pathways between various subtypes. Univariate Cox, least absolute shrinkage and selection operator (Lasso), random forest (RF), and multivariate stepwise Cox regression analysis were used to build prognostic models. After that, the models were verified by means of the C index, Kaplan-Meier (K-M) survival curves, and time-dependent receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves. The association between prognostic models and the tumor immune microenvironment as well as the relationship between prognostic models and immunotherapy were next examined using ssGSEA and TIDE analysis. Four online prediction websites-Mircode, MiRDB, MiRTarBase, and TargetScan-were used to build a lncRNA-miRNA-mRNA ceRNA network.

RESULTS : By consensus clustering, two subgroups of cuproptosis were identified that represented distinct prognostic and immunological microenvironments.

CONCLUSION : A prognostic risk model with 13 CR-lncRNAs was developed. The immune microenvironment and responsiveness to immunotherapy are substantially connected with the model, which may reliably predict the prognosis of patients with ccRCC.

Xiao Zhiliang, Zhang Menglei, Shi Zhenduo, Zang Guanghui, Liang Qing, Hao Lin, Dong Yang, Pang Kun, Wang Yabin, Han Conghui