CircABCB10 promotes the proliferation and migration of lung cancer cells through down-regulating microRNA-217 expression

Lung Cancer

Hu TY, et al. Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2020.


OBJECTIVE: We aimed at studying the role and molecular mechanism of circular RNA circABCB10 in the progression of lung cancer (LCa).

PATIENTS AND METHODS: We collected LCa tissues using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) technology to determine circABCB10 expression and performed survival analysis based on the clinical data of LCa patients. At the same time, the specific effects of circABCB10 on the biological function of LCa cell lines were determined by certain cell function experiments, including cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8) test, plate cloning experiment, transwell and cell wound healing assays. The downstream key gene microRNA-217 of circABCB10 was predicted through bioinformatics analysis and the potential regulation between them was confirmed by luciferase assay. microRNA-217 was knocked down in LCa cell lines to verify its important role in the progression of LCa.

RESULTS: CircABCB10 showed abnormally high expression in LCa tissues and cell lines and was related to the poor prognosis of patients. In vitro cell experiments demonstrated that knocking down circABCB10 remarkably suppressed the proliferation and migration ability of LCa cells. In addition, circABCB10 can specifically bind to microRNA-217 and negatively regulate its expression of microRNA-217 in LCa cells. Finally, cell functional experiments showed that microRNA-217 is a key downstream gene that mediates the regulation of circABCB10 on LCa cell function.

CONCLUSIONS: CircABCB10, abnormally highly expressed in LCa tissues, is able to induce the malignant progression of this cancer.