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Circular RNA expression profiles reveal that hsa_circ_0018289 is up-regulated in cervical cancer and promotes the tumorigenesis

Ya-Li Gao, Ming-Yun Zhang, Bo Xu, Li-Jie Han, Shou-Feng Lan, Ju Chen, Yu-Jin Dong _ and Li-Li Cao

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:86625-86633. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.21257

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Ya-Li Gao1,*, Ming-Yun Zhang1,*, Bo Xu2, Li-Jie Han1, Shou-Feng Lan2, Ju Chen2, Yu-Jin Dong2,* and Li-Li Cao2,*

1Department of Radiotherapy, Cangzhou Central Hospital, Hebei 061001, China

2Department of Radiotherapy, Zibo Central Hospital, Shandong 255020, China

*These authors have contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Yu-Jin Dong, email: [email protected]

Li-Li Cao, email: [email protected]

Keywords: cervical cancer, circular RNA, hsa_circ_0018289, miR-497, tumorigenesis

Received: June 30, 2017     Accepted: July 30, 2017     Published: September 23, 2017


Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are a type of non-coding RNAs that have been identified as critical regulators in various diseases, especially in cancers. However, the expression profiles and functions of circRNAs in cervical cancer are still unclear. In present study, human circRNAs microarray were performed to screen the circRNAs expression in cervical cancer tissue. Microarray analysis revealed 45 significantly expressed circRNAs with 4 fold change. Among these up-regulated circRNAs, hsa_circ_0018289 was validated to be significantly up-regulated in 35 pairs of cervical cancer tissue compared with adjacent normal tissue and cell lines. Loss-of-function experiments revealed that, in vitro and in vivo, hsa_circ_0018289 knockdown inhibited the proliferation, migration and invasion of cervical cancer cells. Via bioinformatics prediction program and luciferase reporter assays, hsa_circ_0018289 was observed to directly bind to miR-497. Taken together, the results indicate that hsa_circ_0018289 plays important role in cervical cancer proliferation, migration and invasion, suggesting the miRNA ‘sponge’ of hsa_circ_0018289 and its oncogenic role on cervical cancer tumorigenesis.

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