Research Paper Volume 13, Issue 10 pp 14185—14197

Circular RNA ITCH promotes extracellular matrix degradation via activating Wnt/β-catenin signaling in intervertebral disc degeneration

CircITCH activates Wnt/β-catenin signaling by targeting miR-17-5p/SOX4 axis. (A) The NP cells were transfected with control shRNA, lentiviral plasmids carrying circITCH shRNA, or co-treated with lentiviral plasmids carrying circITCH shRNA and miR-17-5p inhibitor. The protein expression of SOX4 and β-actin was tested by Western blot analysis in the cells. (B, C) The NP cells were transfected with control shRNA, lentiviral plasmids carrying circITCH shRNA, or co-treated with lentiviral plasmids carrying circITCH shRNA and pcDNA3.1-SOX4 overexpression vector, lentiviral plasmids carrying circITCH shRNA, pcDNA3.1-SOX4 overexpression vector, and miR-17-5p mimic, or lentiviral plasmids carrying circITCH shRNA and LiCl. The expression of Wnt1, β-catenin, c-Myc, Cyclin D1, and β-actin was analyzed by Western blot analysis in the cells. The results of Western blot analysis were quantified by ImageJ software. Data are presented as mean ± SD. Statistic significant differences were indicated: * P P

Figure 6. CircITCH activates Wnt/β-catenin signaling by targeting miR-17-5p/SOX4 axis. (A) The NP cells were transfected with control shRNA, lentiviral plasmids carrying circITCH shRNA, or co-treated with lentiviral plasmids carrying circITCH shRNA and miR-17-5p inhibitor. The protein expression of SOX4 and β-actin was tested by Western blot analysis in the cells. (B, C) The NP cells were transfected with control shRNA, lentiviral plasmids carrying circITCH shRNA, or co-treated with lentiviral plasmids carrying circITCH shRNA and pcDNA3.1-SOX4 overexpression vector, lentiviral plasmids carrying circITCH shRNA, pcDNA3.1-SOX4 overexpression vector, and miR-17-5p mimic, or lentiviral plasmids carrying circITCH shRNA and LiCl. The expression of Wnt1, β-catenin, c-Myc, Cyclin D1, and β-actin was analyzed by Western blot analysis in the cells. The results of Western blot analysis were quantified by ImageJ software. Data are presented as mean ± SD. Statistic significant differences were indicated: * P < 0.05, ** P < 0.01.