SMARCA5 (circSMARCA5) is involved in the occurrence of different cancers, but its role in prostate cancer carcinogenesis and metastatic transformation remains elusive. Thus, we evaluated the circSMARCA5 functional relevance in prostate cancer and its associated molecular mechanism. First, circSMARCA5 expression and function in this cancer were evaluated. To determine the miR-181b-5p/miR-17-3p target and clarify how circSMARCA5 regulates the miR-181b-5p-TIMP3 and miR-17-3p-TIMP3 axis, RNA immunoprecipitation, biotin-coupled microRNA capture, luciferase reporter, Western blot, and quantitative real-time PCR assays were employed. In primary and metastatic prostate cancer tissues, circSMARCA5 was significantly downregulated compared with normal controls. Functionally, circSMARCA5 exhibited a suppressive effect on prostate cancer cells’ metastasis and growth. At the molecular level, circSMARCA5 could affect the tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases 3 (TIMP3) expression through miR-181b-5p or miR-17-3p interactions. Moreover, lysine acetyltransferase 5 (KAT5) induced circSMARCA5 biogenesis and regulated the miR-181b-5p-TIMP3 and miR-17-3p-TIMP3 axis. These results suggested that targeting circSMARCA5-miR-181b-5p-TIMP3 and circSMARCA5-miR-17-3p-TIMP3 axis might be a novel therapeutic strategy for prostate cancer.
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