Purpose: Dysregulated circular RNAs (circRNAs) have shown crucial modulatory functions in tumorigenesis, containing non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The purpose of this study was to explore the biological functions and regulatory theory of circ_0006220 in NSCLC.
Methods: Reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and Western blot assay were conducted to measure RNA and protein expression, respectively. A total of 73 cases of NSCLC tumor samples were collected for expression analysis, and A-549 and NCI-H1299 cell lines were used for functional experiments. Cell proliferation was assessed by cell counting kit-8 assay, colony formation assay, 5-ethynyl-2’-deoxyuridine assay, and flow cytometry. Cell apoptosis, motility, and angiogenesis ability were analyzed by flow cytometry, transwell assays, and capillary-like network formation assay. Dual-luciferase reporter assay and RNA immunoprecipitation assay were conducted to verify the target relationships.
Results: Circ_0006220 was highly expressed in NSCLC tissues and cell lines. Circ_0006220 silencing inhibited the proliferation, migration, invasion, and angiogenesis but induced the apoptosis of NSCLC cells. Circ_0006220 acted as a microRNA-342-3p (miR-342-3p) sponge, and circ_0006220 knockdown-induced changes on the phenotypes of NSCLC cells were largely overturned by the knockdown of miR-342-3p. miR-342-3p interacted with the 3’ untranslated region of glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase 2 (GOT2), and GOT2 overexpression largely diminished miR-342-3p overexpression-mediated influences in NSCLC cells. Circ_0006220 could up-regulate GOT2 expression by sponging miR-342-3p.
Conclusion: Circ_0006220 promoted the malignant behaviors of NSCLC cells through mediating the miR-342-3p/GOT2 regulation cascade.
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