Document Type : Original Article
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Pinghu First People's Hospital, Pinghu City, Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China
Department of Anesthesiology, Pinghu First People's Hospital, Pinghu City, Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China
Department of Thoracic Surgery, Zhejiang Hospital, Xihu District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Objective: Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are identified as key modulators in cancer biology. Nonetheless, the role of circ_0006427 in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and its modulatory mechanism are undefined. This study aimed to investigate the potential function and mechanism of circ_0006427 in NSCLC.
Materials and Methods: In this experimental study, circ_0006427, miR-346 and vestigial like family member 4 (VGLL4) mRNA expressions were analyzed in NSCLC tissues and cells, using quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Multiplication, migration and invasion of NSCLC cells were examined using the CCK-8 method and Transwell experiment, respectively. Dual-luciferase reporter gene experiments were conducted to identify the paring relationship between circ_0006427 and miR-346. Western blot was employed to determine expressions of VGLL4 and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) markers on protein levels. Immuno histochemistry (IHC) method was adopted to assess VGLL4 protein expression in NSCLC tissues.
Results: Circ_0006427 expression was down-regulated in NSCLC tissues and cells, and circ_0006427 suppressed multiplication, migration, invasion and EMT of NSCLC cells. miR-346 expression was upregulated in NSCLC tissues and cells, and miR-346 worked as a target of circ_0006427. VGLL4 was down-regulated in NSCLC tissues and cells, and knockdown of VGLL4 accelerated multiplication, migration, invasion and EMT of NSCLC cells. Circ_0006427 enhanced VGLL4 expression by competitively binding with miR-346.
Conclusion: Circ_0006427/miR-346/VGLL4 axis regulated NSCLC progression.