J Cancer 2019; 10(10):2261-2275. doi:10.7150/jca.31077

Research Paper

Small Nucleolar RNA 71A Promotes Lung Cancer Cell Proliferation, Migration and Invasion via MAPK/ERK Pathway

Guiliang Tang1, Zihang Zeng1, Wenjie Sun1, Shuying Li1, Chengcheng You1, Fang Tang1, Shan Peng1, Shijing Ma1, Yuan Luo1, Jieyu Xu1, Xiaoli Tian1, Nannan Zhang1, Yan Gong2✉, Conghua Xie1,3,4✉

1. Department of Radiation and Medical Oncology, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei 430071, China
2. Department of Biological Repositories, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei 430071, China
3. Hubei Key Laboratory of Tumor Biological Behaviors, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei 430071, China
4. Hubei Cancer Clinical Study Center, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei 430071, China

Abstract

Objective: Increasing evidence suggested that dysregulated small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) were involved in tumor development. The roles of snoRNA 71A (SNORA71A) in the progression of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remained unclear.

Methods: Dataset GSE19188 from Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database was downloaded to detect the expression levels of SNORA71A in NSCLC tissues. The biological significance of SNORA71A was explored by loss-of-function analysis both in vitro and in vivo.

Results: SNORA71A was overexpressed in NSCLC tissues compared with normal tissues, and upregulated SNORA71A was significantly associated with worse survival of NSCLC patients. Knockdown of SNORA71A suppressed proliferation of both A549 and PC9 cells, and induced G0/G1 phase arrest. Knockdown of SNORA71A also suppressed xenograft tumor growth in mice. In addition, knockdown of SNORA71A inhibited cell invasion and migration and suppressed epithelial-mesenchymal transition. Furthermore, downregulated SNORA71A decreased the phosphorylation of MEK and ERK1/2 in the MAPK/ERK signal pathway.

Conclusion: SNORA71A functions as an oncogene in NSCLC and may serve as a therapeutic target and promising prognostic biomarker of NSCLC.

Keywords: Non-small cell lung cancer, Small nucleolar RNA, SNORA71A, MAPK/ERK, Tumorigenesis

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How to cite this article:
Tang G, Zeng Z, Sun W, Li S, You C, Tang F, Peng S, Ma S, Luo Y, Xu J, Tian X, Zhang N, Gong Y, Xie C. Small Nucleolar RNA 71A Promotes Lung Cancer Cell Proliferation, Migration and Invasion via MAPK/ERK Pathway. J Cancer 2019; 10(10):2261-2275. doi:10.7150/jca.31077. Available from http://www.jcancer.org/v10p2261.htm