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    Current studies have illustrated that circular RNAs (circRNAs) are a vital part of non-coding RNA (ncRNAs) species and highly abundant and dynamically expressed in brain. However, the exact mechanisms by which circRNAs modulate methamphetamine (METH)-induced neuronal damage still remain largely unexplored. Consistent with our previous study, the expression of circHomer1 was significantly up-regulated after METH treatment in HT-22 cells. We confirmed its loop structure by detection of its back-splice junction with qRT-PCR product via sequence. Moreover, circHomer1 was resistant against RNase R digestion compared with its linear mRNA Homer1. Inhibition of circHomer1 expression indeed alleviated METH-induced neurotoxicity, with lower apoptosis rate via flow cytometry and cleaved Caspase3 protein level. Furthermore, we speculated that Bbc3 functioned as a target of circHomer1 based on computational algorithm, and knockdown of circHomer1 actually reduced Bbc3 expression at the mRNA and protein level. Besides, suppression of Bbc3 decreased the reactive oxygen species (ROS) level and radio of PI-positive cells. Furthermore, we analyzed the correlation in pairs among circHomer1, Bbc3 and behaviors in well-developed METH-addicted models using Pearson's correlation coefficient, which implied an important role of circHomer1 and Bbc3 in addictive behaviors. In all, we for the first time identified a novel circRNA, circHomer1 and our results suggested that circHomer1 regulated METH-induced lethal process by suppressing the Bbc3 expression. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


    Junwei Li, Qiyun Sun, Shaowei Zhu, Kaiyan Xi, Qingqing Shi, Kunkun Pang, Xiaoyu Liu, Meng Li, Yue Zhang, Jinhao Sun. Knockdown of circHomer1 ameliorates METH-induced neuronal injury through inhibiting Bbc3 expression. Neuroscience letters. 2020 Jul 27;732:135050

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