CeRNA Expression Profiling Identifies KIT-Related circRNA-miRNA-mRNA Networks in Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour

Ning Jia, Hanxing Tong, Yong Zhang, Hiroshi Katayama, Yuan Wang, Weiqi Lu, Sumei Zhang, Jin Wang

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Gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs) are the most common human sarcomas and are typically located in the stomach or small intestine. Although circular RNAs (circRNAs) reportedly play vital roles in tumour oncogenesis and progression, the molecular basis of the aggressive tumour biology of these circRNAs in GISTs remains unclear. In this study, we applied SBC ceRNA microarrays to screen for tumour-specific circRNA profiles in GISTs and identified that a total of 5,770 circRNAs and 1,815 mRNAs were differentially expressed in GISTs. Three significantly differential circRNAs (circ_0069765, circ_0084097, and circ_0079471) and their host genes (KIT, PLAT, and ETV1) were also verified in 68 pairs of GISTs and adjacent normal gastrointestinal tissues by qRT-PCR. A GIST-specific circRNA-miRNA-mRNA regulatory network analysis demonstrated that the specific KIT-related regulatory networks involved the three circRNAs, the circRNA host genes and three miRNAs (miR-142-5p, miR-144-3p and miR-485-3p), which may be key regulators of GISTs that could serve as molecular biomarkers and potential therapeutic targets for this malignant disease.

Original languageEnglish
Article number825
JournalFrontiers in Genetics
Publication statusPublished - Sep 10 2019



  • circRNAs
  • ETV1
  • KIT
  • PLAT
  • regulatory networks analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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