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Background:It was reported that circular RNA (circRNA) circCTNNA1 plays an oncogenic role in colorectal cancer, while its rfole in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is unknown. This study aimed to explore the role of circCTNNA1 in MCL.
Methods:Samples of B lymphocytes were collected from 56 MCL patients and 56 healthy controls. The expression of circCTNNA1 and miR-34a in these samples were determined by RT-qPCRs. The direct interaction between circCTNNA1 and miR-34a in MCL cells was detected using RNA-RNA pulldown assay. Overexpression assays were performed to study the interactions between circCTNNA1 and miR-34a. Cell proliferation was assessed with BrdU assay.
Results:The results showed that circCTNNA1 was upregulated in MCL and high expression levels of circCTNNA1 predicted the poor survival of MCL patients. MiR-34a was downregulated in MCL and inversely correlated with circCTNNA1. CircCTNNA1 was predicted to interact with miR-34a, and the interaction between them was confirmed by RNA pull-down assay. Interestingly, overexpression of circCTNNA1 and miR-34a did not affect the expression of each other. Cell proliferation analysis showed that overexpression of circCTNNA1 reversed the inhibitory effects of overexpression of miR-34a on cell proliferation.
Conclusion:Upregulation of circCTNNA1 in MCL predicts poor survival of patients and it may sponge miR-34a to promote cancer cell proliferation.