Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is the most common subtype of renal carcinoma and exhibits a high risk of invasion and metastasis. It is urgent to uncover a novel biomarker and clarify the underlying mechanism for ccRCC progression and metastasis. Although accumulating research has demonstrated that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play crucial roles in tumor progression, numerous lncRNAs in ccRCC are largely unknown. Therefore, we screened the differentially expressed lncRNAs among several GEO datasets and chose LNC00160 for further investigation. LNC00160 was significantly upregulated in ccRCC and high expression predicted poor prognosis; higher expression of LNC00160 was associated with advanced clinic pathological parameters in TCGA_KIRC Cohort. Knockdown of LNC00160 suppressed malignancy of ccRCC in and in . Correlation analysis and gene set enrichment analysis (GSEA) revealed that LNC00160 might be associated with Wnt signaling pathway, mTOR signaling pathway, fatty acid metabolism and cell cycle. In conclusion, our results demonstrated that LNC00160 acted as an oncogenic gene and a specific prognostic indicator for patients with ccRCC, and that LNC00160 might be a targeted intervention for ccRCC patients in the future.

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