Purpose: This article researched circ_0063804 effects on ovarian cancer (OC) development and resistance to cisplatin, aiming to provide a new target for OC therapy.

Methods: A total of 108 OC patients participated in this study. The circle structure of circ_0063804 was investigated using RNase R. Circ_0063804 expression in OC cells were up-regulated or down-regulated by transfection. Cell proliferation was assessed by cell counting kit-8 assay and colony formation assay. Flow cytometry was used to detect apoptosis. OC cells resistance to cisplatin was explored through MTT assay. Luciferase reporter assay was performed. qRT-PCR and Western blot was applied to research genes expression. Xenograft tumor experiment was conducted using nude mice. Ki67 expression in xenograft tumor was detected by immunohistochemistry.

Results: Circ_0063804 expression was up-regulated in OC patients and indicated poor prognosis (P < 0.05). Circ_0063804 had a stable circle structure. Circ_0063804 enhanced proliferation, resistance to cisplatin and reduced apoptosis of OC cells (P < 0.01). miR-1276 was down-regulated in OC patients and sponged by circ_0063804. CLU was directly inhibited by miR-1276 and up-regulated in OC patients. Circ_0063804 exacerbated malignant phenotype and resistance to cisplatin of OC cells in vitro by enhancing CLU expression via sponging miR-1276 (P < 0.01). Circ_0063804 silencing inhibited OC cells growth, resistance to cisplatin and Ki67 expression in vivo (P < 0.01).

Conclusion: Circ_0063804 promoted OC cells proliferation and resistance to cisplatin by enhancing CLU expression via sponging miR-1276.