Circ_0074027 contributes to non-small cell lung cancer progression through positively modulating RHOA via sequestering miR-2467-3p

J Bioenerg Biomembr. 2021 Apr;53(2):223-233. doi: 10.1007/s10863-021-09876-6. Epub 2021 Mar 9.


Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a common cancer with an unfavorable 5-year survival rate. We intended to explore the role of circular RNA_0074027 (circ_0074027) in NSCLC progression. The levels of circ_0074027, messenger RNA (mRNA) of its linear form paired like homeodomain 1 (PITX1), microRNA-2467-3p (miR-2467-3p) and ras homolog family member A (RHOA) mRNA were determined by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK8) assay and plate colony assay were conducted to measure the proliferation ability of NSCLC cells. Transwell assays were used to assess cell migration and invasion abilities. Flow cytometry was utilized to analyze cell apoptosis rate. Dual-luciferase reporter assay and RNA immunoprecipitation (RIP) assay were used to test the interaction between miR-2467-3p and circ_0074027 or RHOA. Western blot assay was performed to evaluate the protein level of RHOA in NSCLC cells. Murine xenograft model was built to evaluate the role of circ_0074027 in tumor growth in vivo. Circ_0074027 expression was prominently elevated in NSCLC tissues and cell lines. Circ_0074027 knockdown or miR-2467-3p overexpression suppressed cell proliferation, migration and invasion and facilitated cell apoptosis of NSCLC cells. Circ_0074027 interacted with miR-2467-3p, and RHOA was a target of miR-2467-3p in NSCLC cells. RHOA silencing blocked the malignant potential of NSCLC cells. Circ_0074027 silencing restrained the malignant phenotypes of NSCLC cells largely through up-regulating miR-2467-3p. Circ_0074027 knockdown notably blocked xenograft tumor growth in vivo. In conclusion, circ_0074027 accelerated NSCLC progression by binding to miR-2467-3p to induce RHOA expression.

Keywords: Circ_0074027; MiR-2467-3p; Non‐small cell lung cancer; RHOA.

MeSH terms

  • A549 Cells
  • Animals
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / genetics
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / metabolism*
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / pathology
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cell Proliferation / physiology
  • Disease Progression
  • Heterografts
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / genetics
  • Lung Neoplasms / metabolism*
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Nude
  • MicroRNAs / metabolism*
  • RNA, Circular / genetics
  • RNA, Circular / metabolism*
  • rhoA GTP-Binding Protein / metabolism*


  • MIRN2467 microRNA, human
  • MicroRNAs
  • RNA, Circular
  • RHOA protein, human
  • rhoA GTP-Binding Protein