LncRNA SNHG7 sponges miR-216b to promote proliferation and liver metastasis of colorectal cancer through upregulating GALNT1

Cell Death Dis. 2018 Jun 18;9(7):722. doi: 10.1038/s41419-018-0759-7.


Accumulating evidence suggests long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play an important role in cancer progression. However, the function of lncRNA SNHG7 in colorectal cancer (CRC) remains unclear. In this study, SNHG7 expression was significantly upregulated in CRC tissues, especially in aggressive cases. In accordance, high level of SNHG7 was observed in CRC cell lines compared to normal colon cells. Furthermore, SNHG7 overexpression promoted the proliferation, migration, and invasion of CRC cell lines, while SNHG7 depletion inhibited invasion and cell viability in vitro. Mechanistically, knockdown of SNHG7 inhibited GALNT1 and EMT markers (E-cadherin and Vimentin). Importantly, SNHG7 directly interacted with miR-216b and downregulation of miR-216b reversed efficiently the suppression of GALNT1 induced by SNHG7 siRNA. Moreover, overexpression of SNHG7 significantly enhanced the tumorigenesis and liver metastasis of SW480 cells in vivo. SNHG7 positively regulated GALNT1 level through sponging miR-216b, and played an oncogenic role in CRC progression. Together, our study elucidated the role of SNHG7 as an miRNA sponge in CRC, and shed new light on lncRNA-directed diagnostics and therapeutics in CRC.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cell Movement / genetics
  • Cell Proliferation / genetics*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / genetics
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic
  • HCT116 Cells
  • HEK293 Cells
  • Humans
  • Liver Neoplasms / genetics
  • Liver Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Mice, Nude
  • MicroRNAs / genetics*
  • N-Acetylgalactosaminyltransferases / genetics*
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • RNA, Long Noncoding / physiology*
  • Up-Regulation / genetics


  • MIRN216 microRNA, human
  • MicroRNAs
  • RNA, Long Noncoding
  • N-Acetylgalactosaminyltransferases
  • polypeptide N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase