OBJECTIVE: Recently, long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have got much attention for their role in tumor progression. LncRNA small nucleolar RNA host gene 7 (SNHG7) was studied in this research to identify how it affects the development of thyroid cancer (TC).
PATIENTS AND METHODS: SNHG7 expression was detected by quantitative Real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) in both TC cells and tissue samples. Pearson’s Chi-square test was used to determine the association of SNHG7 expression with several clinicopathological factors. Moreover, colony formation assay, cell proliferation and cell apoptosis assay were conducted. In addition, by performing qRT-PCR and Western blot assay, the underlying mechanism was explored.
RESULTS: SNHG7 expression level was higher in TC samples than that in corresponding ones. The SNHG7 expression was associated with tumor size and TNM stage. Moreover, TC cell proliferation was inhibited, and TC cell apoptosis was induced after SNHG7 was knocked down in vitro. Moreover, the mRNA and protein expressions of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) were downregulated after knockdown of SNHG7. Furthermore, the expression level of BDNF was positively related to the expression of SNHG7 in TC tissues.
CONCLUSIONS: These results suggested that knockdown of SNHG7 could inhibit TC cell proliferation and induce cell apoptosis via downregulating BDNF, which might be a potential therapeutic target in TC.
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Y.-H. Wang, B.-L. Huo, C. Li, G. Ma, W. Cao
Knockdown of long noncoding RNA SNHG7 inhibits the proliferation and promotes apoptosis of thyroid cancer cells by downregulating BDNF
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 23 - N. 11