The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of chromatin-remodeling genes on the prognosis of patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC). In TCGA-KIRC patients, two subgroups based on 86 chromatin-remodeling genes were established. The random forest algorithm was used for feature selection to identify BPTF, SIN3A and CNOT1 as characterized chromatin remodelers in ccRCC with good prognostic value. YY1 was indicated to be a transcription factor of genes highly related to BPTF, SIN3A and CNOT1. Functional annotations indicated that BPTF, SIN3A, CNOT1 and YY1 are all involved in the ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis process and that high expression of any of the five associated E3 ubiquitin ligases found in the pathway suggests a good prognosis. Protein network analysis indicated that BPTF has a targeted regulatory effect on YY1. Another independent dataset from International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) showed a strong consistency with results in TCGA. In conclusion, we demonstrate that BPTF, SIN3A and CNOT1 are novel prognostic factors that predict good survival in ccRCC. We predicted that the good prognostic value of chromatin-remodeling genes BPTF and SIN3A is related to the regulation of YY1 and that YY1 regulates E3 ubiquitin ligases for further degradation of oncoproteins in ccRCC.
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