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Hsa_circ_0001806 Acts as a ceRNA to Facilitate the Stemness of Colorectal Cancer Cells by Increasing COL1A1

Authors Sun J, Liu J, Zhu Q, Xu F, Kang L, Shi X

Received 25 March 2020

Accepted for publication 12 June 2020

Published 30 June 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 6315—6327


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Yao Dai

Jie Sun,* Jie Liu,* Qilin Zhu, Feng Xu, Liumin Kang, Xiaohua Shi

Department of Gastroenterology, The Affiliated Suzhou Science and Technology Town Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215153, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence: Xiaohua Shi Email

Background: The aberrant expression of circular RNAs (circRNAs) has been identified as a novel trait of cancers. However, the role of circRNAs in colorectal cancer (CRC) remains to be elucidated.
Methods: Informatic analysis was performed to identify circRNAs in CRC tissues and adjacent tissues. Gain- and loss-of-function experiments were constructed to analyze hsa_circ_001806 roles in CRC cell stemness by sphere-formation, ALDH activity, stemness marker expression and tumor-initiating ability assays. CCK8 cell viability was carried out to evaluate hsa_circ_0001806 roles in CRC cell viability. Luciferase reporter and pull-down assays were used to reveal the underlying mechanisms.
Results: Hsa_circ_0001806 was significantly upregulated in CRC tissues and correlated with TNM stage, depth of invasion, lymphatic metastasis and distant metastasis. Hsa_circ_0001806 promoted the stemness of CRC cells, as evident by increasing sphere-formation ability, ALDH1 activity and stemness marker expression while had no effect on cell viability. Mechanistically, the same miR-193-5p-binding sites are shared between hsa_circ_0001806 and COL1A1. Hsa_circ_0001806 upregulates COL1A1 expression in a miR-193-5p-dependent manner, which is essential for hsa_circ_0001806-mediated regulation on CRC cell stemness.
Conclusion: CircRNA hsa_circ_0001806 may act as a promising therapeutic target by facilitating the stemness of CRC cells via activating the hsa_circ_0001806/miR-193a-5p/COL1A1 axis.

Keywords: hsa_circ_0001806, miR-193a-5p, COL1A1, ceRNA, stemness, colorectal cancer

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