Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.524, No.4, 839-846, 2020
CircHIPK3 promotes colorectal cancer cells proliferation and metastasis via modulating of miR-1207-5p/FMNL2 signal
Increasing evidences demonstrate that circular RNAs (circRNAs) are extensively implicated in various cancers including colorectal cancer (CRC). In the present study, we found that circRNA HIPK3 (circPIK3) was upregulated in CRC. We identified that circHIPK3 was closely related with unfavorable clinicopathological features in patients with CRC. Functional transwell assay and proliferation assay indicated that circHIPK3 served as an oncogene and promoted CRC cells migration, invasion and proliferation. Meanwhile, we found that formin like 2 (FMNL2) was a key downstream molecule in circHIPK3-induced metastasis and proliferation in CRC cells. We further verified that circHIPK3 was mainly located at cytoplasm through an immunofluorescence assay. An online bioinformatics screening and a GEO datasets analysis showed that microRNA 1207-5p (miR-1207-5p) was downregulated in CRC. Also, we found that miR-1207-5p shared a similar miR-1207-5p response elements (MREs-1207-5p). Meanwhile, we showed that miR-1207-5p suppressed CRC cells migration, invasion and proliferation via directly targeting of FMNL2. Even further, via a constructed luciferase assay, we indicated that circHIPK3 was another target of miR-1207-5p. Functionally, we proved that circHIPK3 enhanced FMNL2 mediated promotion of migration, invasion and proliferation by sponging of miR-1207-5p in CRC cells. In summary, the outcomes of this study illustrated that circHIPK3 promoted CRC cells migration, invasion and proliferation modulating of FMNL2 by sponging of miR-1207-5p. Our findings indicated that circHIPK3/miR-1207-5p/FMNL2 axis might be a new strategy in molecular treatment of CRC. (C) 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc.