Yang J, et al. Cell Signal 2020.
Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is one of the most common solid tumors and the leading cause of lung cancer-related fatality. Growing evidence has indicated that circular RNAs (circRNAs) play important roles in the progression of multiple human cancers. As a novel circRNA, very little research has focused on the function of circRNA TUBA1C (circTUBA1C) in cancer development, including NSCLC. In the present study, we found that the expression of circTUBA1C was significantly upregulated in NSCLC
tissues. The loss-of function assays suggested that circTUBA1C deficiency notably hampered cell proliferation as well as accelerated cell apoptosis in NSCLC. In mechanism, we discovered that circTUBA1C could act as a sponge for miR-143-3p and then negatively regulate miR-143-3p. Moreover, rescue assays demonstrated that knockdown of miR-143-3p could reverse circTUBA1C silence-mediated effects on cell proliferation and apoptosis. Besides, we established a xenografted tumor model to investigate the function of circTUBA1C in vivo. The result illustrated that the decline of tumor growth resulted from circTUBA1C deficiency could be recovered by miR-143-3p knockdown. Taken together, these findings indicated the important role of circTUBA1C/miR-143-3p axis in NSCLC, which may provide a potential target for NSCLC therapy.