Anticancer Drugs. 2020 Sep 2. doi: 10.1097/CAD.0000000000000992. Online ahead of print.
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a frequently diagnosed cancer worldwide. Accumulating researches suggested that circular RNA 0007142 (circ_0007142) contributed to the progression and initiation of CRC. However, the molecular mechanism of circ_0007142 in CRC needs further research. Levels of circ_0007142, microRNA-455-5p (miR-455-5p), and serum- and glucocorticoid-induced protein kinase 1 (SGK1) were identified by quantitative real-time PCR. Cell proliferation was measured by
3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazol-3-ium bromide assay. Flow cytometry assay was used to detect cell apoptosis in SW480 and HCT116 cells. The relative proteins expression was detected by western blot. Cell migration and invasion were evaluated using transwell assay. Moreover, dual-luciferase reporter and RNA immunoprecipitation assays were conducted to determine the relationship between miR-455-5p and circ_0007142 or SGK1. Finally, xenograft tumor model was established to confirm the effect of circ_0007142 on CRC progression in vivo. Circ_0007142 and SGK1 levels were clearly increased, while miR-455-5p level was reduced in CRC tissues and cell lines. Circ_0007142 silencing promoted cell apoptosis and inhibited cell proliferation, migration and invasion, while these effects of circ_0007142 were partially abolished by miR-455-5p inhibitor in CRC cells. Circ_0007142 could sponge miR-455-5p to regulate SGK1 expression. Moreover, the effects of miR-455-5p on cell proliferation, apoptosis, migration and invasion could be partially reversed by SGK1 overexpression. Besides, circ_0007142 knockdown also suppressed the progression of CRC in vivo. Collectively, Circ_0007142/miR-455-5p/SGK1 axis regulated cell proliferation, apoptosis, migration and invasion of CRC cells, providing a probable therapy target for CRC.