Hum Exp Toxicol. 2022 Jan-Dec;41:9603271221115400.doi: 10.1177/09603271221115400. (IF3.247)

Hsa_circ_0000285 knockdown inhibits the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma by sponging miR-582-3p to regulate CCNB2 expression

Jing Huang  1 Hongchi Zhou  1 Yun Diao  2 Zhiming Yang  1


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Aim: Hsa_circ_0000285, a novel circular RNA, has been proven to extensively take part in the pathogenesis of numerous tumors. In hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), very little is known about hsa_circ_0000285 until now. Hence, this research aims to determine hsa_circ_0000285’s functional role and underlying mechanisms in HCC.

Methods: The expressions of miR-582-3p, hsa_circ_000028, and cyclin B2 (CCNB2) among the HCC cells and tumor samples were determined by performing western blotting and qRT-PCR analyses. The impacts of hsa_circ_000028 on the proliferative and migratory abilities of HCC cells were examined through the execution of CCK-8 and wound-healing assays. Meanwhile, the expressions of the proteins Bcl-2 and Bax were detected via western blotting. Tumor xenograft models were established to examine how hsa_circ_000028 functions during the mediation of HCC tumor growth in vivo. RNA immunoprecipitation and luciferase reporter experiments were performed for the validation of the interactions of miR-582-3p, hsa_circ_000028, and CCNB2 with each other.

Results: Elevated hsa_circ_0000285 and CCNB2 expressions, and a decreased miR-582-3p expression were observed among the HCC cell lines and tumors. Hsa_circ_0000285 bound to miR-582-3p competitively to improve CCNB2 levels. Silencing of hsa_circ_0000285 promoted apoptosis and repressed proliferation and migration among HCC cells. Moreover, silencing hsa_circ_0000285 also impeded the growth of HCC tumors in vivo. Inhibiting hsa_circ_0000285 or CCNB2 reversed the miR-582-3p-knockdown-mediated promotion of malignant HCC cell phenotypes.

Conclusion: Our study has demonstrated that hsa_circ_0000285 fosters the development of malignant HCC cells phenotypes through the modulation of the miR-582-3p/CCNB2 axis. Thus, these results suggest that hsa_circ_0000285 is a prospective target for HCC treatment.

Keywords: CCNB2; Hepatocellular carcinoma; hsa_circ_0000285; miR-582-3p.