circSNX6 (hsa_circ_0031608) enhances drug resistance of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) via miR-137

Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2021 Aug 27;567:79-85. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2021.06.032. Epub 2021 Jun 16.


circRNAs have been suggested to modulate NSCLC tumorigenesis and drug resistance. Whether circSNX6 affects NSCLC remains unclear. In this study, we aim to investigate the role of circSNX6 in drug resistance of NSCLC exposed to cisplatin. RT-qPCR method was used to investigate expression levels of circSNX6, miR-137 and CXCL12. MTT, cell colony formation and TUNEL assays were utilized to assess cell viability, proliferation, apoptosis, respectively. Xenograft assay was conducted to examinein vivotumor growth. circSNX6 overexpression caused enhanced cell viability and proliferation of H1299 and Calu-1, while it inhibited apoptosis under cisplatin treatment. miR-137 inhibitor greatly rescued cell viability, proliferation and apoptosis of circSNX6 knockdown H1299 cells. miR-137 mimic increased ROS generation, as well as reduced GSH and SOD levels, whereas miR-137 inhibitor exerted opposing effect. circSNX6 knockdown also enhanced ROS generation, as well as decreased GSH and SOD levels. CXCL12 partially restored miR-137 mimic-modulated cell viability, proliferation and apoptosis. Herein, our group proposes circSNX6 as key regulator for drug resistance of NSCLC. The findings provide solid groundings for understanding of NSCLC pathogenesis and development of therapeutics.

Keywords: CXCL12; Drug resistance; NSCLC; ROS; circSNX6.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antineoplastic Agents / pharmacology
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / drug therapy
  • Carcinoma, Non-Small-Cell Lung / genetics*
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cisplatin / pharmacology
  • Cisplatin / therapeutic use
  • Drug Resistance, Neoplasm*
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Lung Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Male
  • Mice, Inbred NOD
  • Mice, SCID
  • MicroRNAs / genetics*
  • RNA, Circular / genetics*


  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • MIRN137 microRNA, human
  • MicroRNAs
  • RNA, Circular
  • Cisplatin