Background: Dysregulation of numerous lncRNAs has been recently confirmed in glioma; however, the majority of their roles and mechanisms involved in this notorious disease remain largely unclear. This study aims to explore the roles and molecular mechanisms of LINC01198 implicated in the proliferation and chemoresistance in glioma.

Results: LINC01198 was elevated in glioma, and this predicted a poorer prognosis for patients with glioma. LINC01198 knockdown inhibited, while LINC01198 overexpression promoted, glioma cell proliferation and resistance to temozolomide. Mechanistically, NEDD4-1 (neural precursor cell expressed, developmentally downregulated 4, E3 ubiquitin protein ligase) and phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) were recruited by LINC01198, which functioned as a scaffold. Moreover, we showed that LINC01198 exerted its oncogenic activities by enhancing the NEDD4-1-dependent repression of PTEN.

Conclusions: Our study elucidated the role of oncogenic LINC01198 in glioma proliferation and temozolomide resistance, and this role may serve as a promising target for glioma therapy.

Methods: LINC01198 expression in glioma tissues and that in paired normal tissues were measured by qRT-PCR. The functional roles of LINC01198 in glioma were demonstrated by a series of in vitro experiments. CCK-8 assay, RNA pulldown, RNA immunoprecipitation and western blotting were used to demonstrate the potential mechanisms of LINC01198.