Cadmium (Cd) is a toxic heavy metal pollutant and serves as an important environmental endocrine-disrupting chemical. Cd exposure is believed to can enhance the risks of age-related disorders including benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This study was to investigate the harms of Cd exposure on mice prostate and human nonmalignant prostate epithelial RWPE-1 cells. Mice prostate fibrosis was evaluated by visualizing the prostatic collagen deposition via masson and sirius red staining, and detecting the content of hydroxyproline. Additionally, the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), primary ciliogenesis and SHH signaling pathway in both mice prostate and RWPE-1 cells were evaluated. It was found that Cd exposure stimulated prostatic collagen deposition, EMT and primary ciliogenesis, as well as enhanced the circ_0027470 level and reduced the miRNA-1236-3p level. Circ_0027470 functioned as a sponge of miRNA-1236-3p, which had the inhibiting target of SHH. The whole results showed that circ_0027470 promoted Cd exposure-induced prostatic fibrosis via sponging miRNA-1236-3p and subsequently stimulating SHH signaling pathway. This study shed a light on a novel molecular mechanism involved in circRNA for Cd exposure-induced prostate deficits.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
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