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Hsa_circ_0001756 was reported to be upregulated in serum samples of ovarian cancer (OC) patients and may serve as a potential OC biomarker. This study aimed to investigate the role and molecular mechanisms of hsa_circ_0001756 in OC procession. Herein, we detected the expression of hsa_circ_0001756 in OC tissues and cell lines with RT-qPCR assay, which showed that hsa_circ_0001756 was upregulated in OC tissues and cell lines. Then small interfering RNA targeting hsa_circ_0001756 (si-hsa_circ_0001756) was transfected into SKOV3 and A2780 cells, and the proliferation, invasion, and expression of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) marker proteins were determined with CCK-8, Transwell and Western blotting assays, respectively. We found that hsa_circ_0001756 knockdown inhibited OC cell proliferation, invasion and EMT. Moreover, RNA pull-down assay verified the binding between hsa_circ_0001756 and IGF2 mRNA binding protein 2 (IGF2BP2), and rescue experiments indicated that IGF2BP2 overexpression reversed the effects of has_circ_0001756 knockdown on OC cell functions. Co-IP assay verified IGF2BP2 could interact with RAB GTPase 5A (RAB5A) protein. Then SKOV3 cells were transfected with si-IGF2BP2 alone or together with pcDNA-RAB5A, followed by the detection of SKOV3 cell functions. We found that IGF2BP2 knockdown inhibited OC cell proliferation, invasion, and EMT, while RAB5A overexpression reversed these effects. Finally, SKOV3 cells transfected with si-hsa_circ_0001756 were injected into nude mice through tail vein. Hsa_circ_0001756 knockdown significantly inhibited the xenograft tumor growth of OC in vivo. In conclusion, hsa_circ_0001756 knockdown inhibits OC cell proliferation, invasion, and EMT, and reduces xenograft tumor growth by suppressing IGF2BP2-mediated RAB5A expression and blocking the EGFR/MAPK signaling pathway.


Jing Ji, Chen Li, Jinfeng Wang, Lei Wang, Huifang Huang, Ying Li, Jing Fang. Hsa_circ_0001756 promotes ovarian cancer progression through regulating IGF2BP2-mediated RAB5A expression and the EGFR/MAPK signaling pathway. Cell cycle (Georgetown, Tex.). 2022 Apr;21(7):685-696

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