Background and Objective: Emerging studies on the predictive value of Small Nucleolar
RNA Host Gene 7 (SNHG7) in human neoplasms give evidence of the association of SNHG7 with
the human tumor. However, whether SNHG7 can be utilized as a biomarker for carcinoma is still
unknown. Therefore, this meta-analysis is aimed to assess the possibility of SNHG7 serving as a
Materials and Methods: 11 studies involving 814 cancer patients were retrieved from several databases,
including PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Library, and Web of Science from 1950 to Dec 27,
2019. Data on patient survival and several clinicopathological features were extracted and analyzed.
Results: Evident association between SNHG7 expression and poor Overall Survival (OS) was
demonstrated (HR=1.84, 95% CI: 1.42-2.37) and high SNHG7 level was markedly correlated with
tumor size (OR=2.01, 95% CI: 1.27-3.19), advanced clinical grade (III/IV) (OR=3.90, 95% CI:
2.63-5.80), Lymphatic Metastasis (LM) (OR=4.53, 95% CI: 2.71-7.55), and Distant Metastasis
(DM) (OR=3.52, 95% CI: 2.58-4.80), except age and gender. Subgroup analysis showed that the
predictive value of SNHG7 was consistent regardless of follow-up months, tumor location and sample
size. Additionally, data from the R2 database also confirmed this association (p < 0.05). Publication
bias was evaluated using Begg’s and Egger’s test.
Conclusion: SNHG7 could serve for a promising biomarker to predict prognosis, progression and
metastasis of human solid cancer.