Screening differential circular RNA expression profiles reveals the regulatory role of circTCF25-miR-103a-3p/miR-107-CDK6 pathway in bladder carcinoma

Sci Rep. 2016 Aug 3;6:30919. doi: 10.1038/srep30919.


Circular RNAs (circRNAs), a kind of non-coding RNAs, have shown large capabilities in gene regulation. However, the mechanisms underlying circRNAs remain largely unknown so far. Recent studies demonstrated that circRNAs play miRNA sponge effects and regulate gene expression by microRNA response elements. Here, we screened circRNA expression profiles of bladder carcinoma using microarray assay. A total of 469 dysregulated circular transcripts are found in bladder cancer compared with normal tissues, among which 285 were up-regulated and 184 were down-regulated. Six circRNAs were identified to have significant differences by qRT-PCR. We speculated that circRNAs might involve in cancer-related pathways via interactions with miRNA by multiple bioinformatical approaches. Therefore, we further predicted that circTCF25 could sequester miR-103a-3p/miR-107, which potentially lead to the up-regulation of thirteen targets related to cell proliferation, migration and invasion. Subsequently, we demonstrated that over-expression of circTCF25 could down-regulate miR-103a-3p and miR-107, increase CDK6 expression, and promote proliferation and migration in vitro and vivo. This is the first study to exploit circRNA profiling and circRNA/miRNA interactions in bladder cancer. Our work laid the foundation to investigate the functions of circRNAs in cancers. The data also suggest that circTCF25 might be a new promising marker for bladder cancer.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Apoptosis
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / genetics
  • Biomarkers, Tumor / metabolism*
  • Cell Movement
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 6 / genetics
  • Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 6 / metabolism*
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic*
  • Humans
  • MicroRNAs / genetics*
  • Prognosis
  • RNA / genetics*
  • RNA, Circular
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms / pathology


  • Biomarkers, Tumor
  • MIRN103 microRNA, human
  • MIRN107 microRNA, human
  • MicroRNAs
  • RNA, Circular
  • RNA
  • CDK6 protein, human
  • Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 6