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Cell Death Dis. 2019 Feb 22;10(3):184. doi: 10.1038/s41419-019-1439-y.

Circular RNA circBACH2 plays a role in papillary thyroid carcinoma by sponging miR-139-5p and regulating LMO4 expression.

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1
Department of General Surgery, Shanghai Gongli Hospital, The Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China.
2
Department of Ultrasound, Shanghai Gongli Hospital, The Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China.
3
Department of General Surgery, Sixth People's Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China. Kangjie007@163.com.
4
Department of General Surgery, Shanghai Gongli Hospital, The Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China. hutoushe666@sohu.com.

Abstract

Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are a class of non-coding RNAs that are broadly expressed in various biological cells and function in regulating gene expression. They are structurally stable and tissue-specific. However, the function of human circRNAs and the role of circRNAs in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) remain to be determined. Herein, the function of circRNA circBACH2 was investigated in human PTC cells. First, we detected the expression of circBACH2 in PTC tissues and PTC cell lines by RT-PCR. FISH was used to confirm the subcellular localization of circBACH2. A luciferase reporter assay and AGO2-RIP was used to confirm the relationship between circBACH2 and miR-139-5p. PTC cells were stably transfected with siRNA against circBACH2 and cell proliferation, migration and invasion were detected to evaluate the effect of circBACH2 in PTC, while tumorigenesis was assayed in nude mice. We found that circBACH2 was highly expressed in PTC tissues and PTC cell lines. Mechanistically, we confirmed that circBACH2 could directly bind to miR-139-5p and relieve suppression of the target LMO4. Functionally, we found that inhibiting circBACH2 expression decreased cell proliferation, migration, and invasion. Finally, down-regulating circBACH2 suppressed the growth of PTC xenografts in nude mice. Our findings indicate that circBACH2 acts as a novel oncogenic RNA that sponges miR-139-5p and can be used as a tumor biomarker of PTC. What's more, these results revealed that the circBACH2/miR-139-5p/LMO4 axis could be targeted as a potential treatment strategy for PTC.

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