Research Paper Volume 13, Issue 8 pp 12058—12066
Circ_0007841 accelerates ovarian cancer development through facilitating MEX3C expression by restraining miR-151-3p activity
- 1 Department of Gynecology, Harbin Medical University Tumor Hospital, Harbin 150001, China
- 2 The Seventh Department of Internal Medicine, Harbin Medical University Tumor Hospital, Harbin 150001, China
- 3 Department of General Surgery, The Second Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Harbin 150001, China
Received: December 2, 2020 Accepted: March 4, 2021 Published: April 25, 2021https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.202911
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The critical importance of circular RNAs (circRNAs) in human cancers, including ovarian cancer, has been discovered in the recent years. However, the roles of circ_0007841 in ovarian cancer remain unknown. In the current study, it was found that circ_0007841 expression was upregulated in ovarian cancer tissues and cell lines. Upregulation of circ_0007841 in patients with ovarian cancer predicts poor prognosis. Loss-of-function experiments discovered that circ_0007841 knockdown suppressed the proliferation, migration and invasion of ovarian cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. In terms of mechanism, circ_0007841 worked as a competing endogenous RNA (ceRNA) for miR-151-3p to facilitate MEX3C expression. Restoration of MEX3C level recovered the proliferation, migration and invasion of ovarian cancer cells. In conclusion, this study demonstrated that circ_0007841/miR-151-3p/MEX3C axis exerted important oncogenic functions in ovarian cancer.