Long non-coding RNA SPRY4-IT1 promotes proliferation and invasion by acting as a ceRNA of miR-101-3p in colorectal cancer cells

Tumour Biol. 2017 Jul;39(7):1010428317716250. doi: 10.1177/1010428317716250.


Long non-coding RNAs are associated with a spectrum of biological processes such as gene regulation on transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels. Increasing evidence indicates that SPRY4-IT1 plays an important role in carcinogenesis, and the mechanisms whereby SPRY4-IT1 induces colorectal carcinoma progression remain largely unknown. The aim of this study is to evaluate the expression and function of SPRY4-IT1 in colorectal carcinoma. In this study, we analyzed SPRY4-IT1 expression levels in a series of colorectal carcinoma patients by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. Knockdown of SPRY4-IT1 by RNA interference was performed to explore its roles in cell proliferation, migration, and invasion. Our results found that SPRY4-IT1 was upregulated in human primary colorectal carcinoma tissues. Knockdown of SPRY4-IT1 inhibited colorectal carcinoma cell proliferation, migration, and invasion. Moreover, we confirmed that the expression of epithelial-mesenchymal transition-related genes was modulated through alteration of SPRY4-IT1 expression. SPRY4-IT1 could negatively regulate the expression of miR-101-3p in colorectal carcinoma cells. The bioinformatics prediction revealed putative miR-101-3p binding sites within SPRY4-IT1 transcripts. Above all, knockdown of SPRY4-IT1 could represent a rational therapeutic strategy for colorectal carcinoma.

Keywords: Long non-coding RNA; SPRY4-IT1; colorectal carcinoma; epithelial–mesenchymal transition; metastasis; miR-101-3p.

MeSH terms

  • Binding Sites / genetics
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / biosynthesis
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / genetics*
  • Carcinogenesis / genetics
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cell Movement / genetics
  • Cell Proliferation / genetics
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition / genetics*
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic
  • Gene Knockdown Techniques
  • Humans
  • Male
  • MicroRNAs / biosynthesis
  • MicroRNAs / genetics*
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness / genetics
  • RNA, Long Noncoding / biosynthesis
  • RNA, Long Noncoding / genetics*


  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • MIRN101 microRNA, human
  • MicroRNAs
  • RNA, Long Noncoding
  • long noncoding RNA SPRY4-IT1, human