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To identify potential therapeutic targets in non-small cell lung cancer NSCLC, we conducted a bioinformatics analysis of circRNAs differentially expressed between NSCLC tissues and adjacent normal tissues. Cell proliferation and apoptosis was assessed using CCK-8 and flow cytometry, respectively. A connection between hsa_circ_0018818 and miR-767-3p was confirmed in dual luciferase reporter assays. Gene and protein expression in NSCLC cells were measured using quantitative PCR and
Western-blotting, respectively. And a xenograft tumor model was established to assess the function of hsa_circ_0018818 in NSCLC in vivo. Hsa_circ_0018818 was greatly upregulated in NSCLC tumor tissues. Knocking down hsa_circ_0018818 using a targeted shRNA inhibited the proliferation and invasiveness of NSCLC cells and induced their apoptosis via the miR-767-3p/Nidogen 1 (NID1) signaling axis. Hsa_circ_0018818 knockdown also inactivated Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) process and PI3K/Akt signaling. In summary, hsa_circ_0018818 knockdown inhibited NSCLC tumorigenesis in vitro and in vivo, which suggests it could potentially serve as a target for the treatment of NSCLC.