J Biochem. 2020 Oct 21:mvaa093. doi: 10.1093/jb/mvaa093. Online ahead of print.
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are important regulators in various cancers. Previous studies have found that hsa_circ_0102231 is an oncogene in lung adenocarcinoma. Here we investigated its mechanism in the development of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We detected the levels of hsa_circ_0102231 in five NSCLC cell lines and one normal bronchial epithelium cell line. The interaction between hsa_circ_0102231 and miR-145 was predicted and confirmed by pull-down and luciferase assays. The nuclear mass
separation assay and fluorescence in-situ hybridization were used to detect the distribution of hsa_circ_0102231. CCK-8 and Transwell assays were used to assess the cell proliferative and invasive ability. Western blot and RT-qPCR, respectively, detected the protein and mRNA levels of RBBP4. The RBBP4 promoter activity was detected with luciferase assay. We found that hsa_circ_0102231 level was higher in NSCLC cells. hsa_circ_0102231 is mainly localized to the cytoplasm. hsa_circ_0102231 promotes NSCLC cell proliferation and invasion by sponge for miR-145. miR-145 significantly decreases the RBBP4 promoter activity, and its mRNA and protein levels. RBBP4 is an oncogene to promotes proliferation and invasion ability. Our findings suggest that hsa_circ_0102231 promotes proliferation and invasion by mediating the miR-145/RBBP4 axis in NSCLC, indicating that it might be a potential target for NSCLC treatment.