Regulation of MRP4 Expression by circHIPK3 via Sponging miR-124-3p/miR-4524-5p in Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Haihong Hu, Yu Wang, Zhiyuan Qin, Wen Sun, Yanhong Chen, Jiaqi Wang, Yingying Wang, Jing Nie, Lu Chen, Sheng Cai, Lushan Yu, Su Zeng
2021 Biomedicines  
Multidrug resistance-associated protein 4 (MRP4), a member of the adenosine triphosphate (ATP) binding cassette transporter family, pumps various molecules out of the cell and is involved in cell communication and drug distribution. Several studies have reported the role of miRNAs in downregulating the expression of MRP4. However, regulation of MRP4 by circular RNA (circRNA) is yet to be elucidated. In this study, MRP4 was significantly upregulated in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tissues
more » ... red to the adjacent noncancerous tissues. Computational prediction, luciferase reporter assay and miRNA transfection were used to investigate the interaction between miRNAs and MRP4. miR-124-3p and miR-4524-5p reduced the expression of MRP4 at the protein but not mRNA level. Circular RNA in vivo precipitation and luciferase reporter assays demonstrated that circHIPK3, as a competitive endogenous RNA, binds with miR-124-3p and miR-4524-5p. Further, knockdown of circHIPK3 resulted in downregulation of MRP4 protein, whereas cotransfection of circHIPK3-siRNA and miR-124-3p or miR-4524-5p inhibitors restored its expression. In conclusion, we report that miR-4524-5p downregulates the expression of MRP4 and circHIPK3 regulates MRP4 expression by sponging miR-124-3p and miR-4524-5p for the first time. Our results may provide novel insights into the prevention of MRP4-related proliferation and multiple drug resistance in HCC.
doi:10.3390/biomedicines9050497 pmid:33946595 fatcat:ueupyusnd5ebpgl7kufgeeeypa