Tumor Biology

, Volume 37, Issue 11, pp 14605–14614 | Cite as

miR-214 inhibits invasion and migration via downregulating GALNT7 in esophageal squamous cell cancer

  • Qijue Lu
  • Li Xu
  • Chunguang Li
  • Yang Yuan
  • Shengdong Huang
  • Hezhong Chen
Original Article


Previous studies verified that miR-214 is of great significance in the invasion and migration of a variety of cancers. It has been demonstrated that UDP-N-acetyl-α-D-galactosamine:polypeptide N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase 7(GALNT7) is a putative target of miR-214. We performed this study to figure out how miR-214 and GALNT7 play their roles in the invasion and migration of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). The expression of miR-214 was significantly downregulated in tumors compared to the corresponding non-tumor tissues while GALNT7 showed an opposite tendency. The low expression of miR-214 and the high expression of GALNT7 were found positively correlated with poor tumor differentiation (P = 0.004), tumor invasion (P = 0.013), and lymph node metastasis (P = 0.012) in ESCC patients. Functional study demonstrated that overexpression of miR-214 or knockdown of GALNT7 could weaken invasive and migratory ability in Eca109, TE1, and KYSE150. Moreover, tumorigenicity assay showed us mice injected with cells containing miR-214 mimic or GALNT7 small interfering RNA formed substantially smaller tumors than that in miR-214 inhibitor group. Consequently, we concluded that miR-214 shows potential to be a diagnostic marker and therapeutic target in ESCC.


miR-214 GALNT7 ESCC Invasion Migration 



Our study was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant number 81472688, 81301829).

Compliance with ethical standards

Approved by the Medical Ethics Committee of Changhai Hospital, tumor specimens and corresponding adjacent normal tissue specimens, at least 5 cm far from the tumor lesion margin, were collected from consenting patients.

Conflicts of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Qijue Lu
    • 1
  • Li Xu
    • 2
  • Chunguang Li
    • 1
  • Yang Yuan
    • 1
  • Shengdong Huang
    • 1
  • Hezhong Chen
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Thoracic Surgery, Changhai HospitalThe Second Military Medical UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Nanjing Drum Tower HospitalNanjing University Medical SchoolNanjingPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Department of Thoracic Surgery, Changhai HospitalThe Second Military Medical UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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