Circ_FOXO3 regulates KLF6 through sponge adsorption of miR-122-5p to repress H2O2-induced HBVSMC proliferation, thus promoting IA development in vitro model
Purpose: The phenotypic transformation of human brain vascular smooth muscle cells (HBVSMC) is widely involved in the appearance and progression of intracranial aneurysms (IA). Aneurysm (IA) Circular RNA circ_FOXO3 functions pivotally in vascular diseases and tumors, but its regulatory role as well as its molecular mechanism in IA is still uncertain. This research was to explore how circ_FOXO3 works and its mechanism in vitro model of HBVSMC IA induced by H2O2. Methods: Thirty-eight patients with IA and their normal tissues were clinically collected. Examination of endothelin-1, vascular hematoma factor, circ_FOXO3, microRNA (miR)-122-5p and KLF6 and the correlation of circ_FOXO3 with clinical case information were ensured. Establishment of an in vitro IA model was through HBVSMC induced by H2O2 and transfection with circ_FOXO3, miR-122-5p and KLF6 related plasmids was to figure out their roles in cell growth. The relationship among circ_FOXO3, miR-122-5p with KLF6 was detected. Results: Up-regulated circ_FOXO3 and KLF6 and reduced miR-122-5p were in IA tissues; Circ_FOXO3 was associated with smoking history, Hunt-Hess grading and endothelial injury degree. Repressive circ_FOXO3 or KLF6 and strengthening miR-122-5p facilitated H2O2-induced proliferation and repressed HBVSMC apoptosis, while elevation of circ_FOXO3 or depressive miR-122-5p was opposite. circ_FOXO3 bound to miR-122-5p, whose target was KLF6, which participated in controlling IA by mediating the circ_FOXO3/miR-122-5p axis. Conclusion: In summary, the findings suggest that circ_FOXO3 suppresses H2O2-induced proliferation of HBVSMC but promotes apoptosis via modulation of miR-122-5p/KLF6 axis. Targeted therapy of circ_FOXO3/miR-122-5p/KLF6 axis is supposed to be a promising treatment approach for IA patients.
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