Microarray Analysis of Circular RNA Expression Profile Associated with 5-Fluorouracil-Based Chemoradiation Resistance in Colorectal Cancer Cells

Biomed Res Int. 2017;2017:8421614. doi: 10.1155/2017/8421614. Epub 2017 Jun 1.


Preoperative 5-fluorouracil- (5-FU-) based chemoradiotherapy is a standard treatment for locally advanced colorectal cancer (CRC). However, the effect of 5-FU-based chemoradiotherapy on CRC is limited due to the development of chemoradiation resistance (CRR), and the molecular mechanisms underlying this resistance are yet to be investigated. Recently, circular RNAs (circRNAs), which can function as microRNA sponges, were found to be involved in the development of several cancers. In this study, we focused on clarifying the modulation of the expression profiles of circRNAs in CRR. Microarray analysis identified 71 circRNAs differentially expressed in chemoradiation-resistant CRC cells. Among them, 47 were upregulated and 24 were downregulated by more than twofold. Furthermore, expression modulation of five representative circRNAs was validated by quantitative reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR). Moreover, these modulated circRNAs were predicted to interact with 355 miRNAs. Furthermore, Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway analysis showed that the most modulated circRNAs regulate several cancers and cancer-related pathways, and the possible mechanism underlying CRR was discussed. This is the first report revealing the circRNA modulations in 5-FU chemoradiation-resistant CRC cells by microarray. The study provided a useful database for further understanding CRR and presents potential targets to overcome CRR in CRC.

MeSH terms

  • Chemoradiotherapy / adverse effects
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Drug Resistance, Neoplasm / genetics
  • Fluorouracil / adverse effects*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic / genetics*
  • HCT116 Cells
  • Humans
  • Neoplasm Proteins / genetics
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • RNA / blood*
  • RNA, Circular


  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • RNA, Circular
  • RNA
  • Fluorouracil