Recent studies indicate that circular RNAs (circRNAs) have been implicated in the initiation or progression of a wide spectrum of diseases. In the current study, we explored the potential engagement of circ_0008285 in glioma and investigated the downstream regulators.
The detection of circ_0008285 level in glioma specimens and cell lines was conducted by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. The chi-squared test was employed to evaluate the relationship between the circ_0008285 level and the clinical features of glioma patients. The roles of circ_0008285 on the proliferation and apoptosis of glioma cells were studied by knockdown experiment. Meanwhile, the regulatory relationship of circ_0008285, miR-384, and high mobility group protein B1 (HMGB1) was explored in glioma cells, and we explored the effects of circ_0008285/miR-384/HMGB1 pathway on glioma cells.
In glioma specimens and cell lines, the expression of circ_0008285 was significantly increased, and a high circ_0008285 level was associated with a larger tumor size and more advanced grading in glioma patients. Furthermore, downregulating circ_0008285 suppressed proliferation and triggered apoptosis of glioma cells, which was associated with a cell cycle arrest at the G1/G0 phase. Mechanism studies indicated that circ_0008285 regulated HMGB1 by sponging miR-384. Functional experiments demonstrated that circ_0008285 promoted the malignant phenotype of glioma cells by miR-384/HMGB1 axis.