Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences




Background/aim: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a common type of cancer. We hypothesize that circular RNA-0006091 (circ0006091) affects the progression of HCC. The study aims to investigate the effect of circ-0006091 in HCC cells. Materials and methods: The levels of circ-0006091, microRNA-622 (miR-622), and cyclin B1 (CCNB1) were assayed using qRT-PCR and western blotting. The metastasis of the HCC cells was measured with wound healing and transwell assays. The protein expression levels of MMP-2 and MMP-9 were assayed with western blotting. Dual-luciferase reporter and RNA-pulldown assays were used to determine the link between miR-622 and circ-0006091 or CCNB1. Mice-based tests were used to determine the effect of circ-0006091 on the proliferation of HCC cells. Results: The levels of circ-0006091 and CCNB1 were increased in the HCC cells, but miR-622 was down-regulated. Deficiency of circ-0006091 reduced the metastasis of the HCC cells, and silencing of circ-0006091 decreased the activities of MMP-2 and MMP-9 in the same cells. Circ-0006091 modulated the CCNB1 level in the HCC cells via miR-622. Silencing of circ-0006091 suppressed the proliferation of the HCC cells in vivo. Conclusion: Circ-0006091 regulated HCC cell metastasis via the miR-622/CCNB1 axis, a possible therapeutic target in managing HCC.


Hepatocellular carcinoma, circ-0006091, miR-622, cyclin B1, migration, invasion

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