Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is a general oral disease with high mortality. This study aimed to investigate the effects and underlying mechanism of propofol in OSCC. Propofol treatment inhibited cell proliferation, migration, invasion and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), but promoted apoptosis and induced cell cycle arrest in OSCC cells. miR-195-5p was a target of circ_0005623 and directly targeted to HOXB7. Circ_0005623 and HOXB7 were upregulated, while miR-195-5p was downregulated in OSCC tissues and cells. Overexpression of circ_0005623 partly reversed the effects of propofol on cell proliferation, migration invasion, EMT, cell cycle progression, and apoptosis in SCC-9 and CAL-27 cells. Meanwhile, further investigation uncovered that circ_0005623 could act as a sponge for miR-195-5p to regulate HOXB7 expression, thereby mediating the suppression effects of propofol on OSCC cells. In vivo assay suggested that overexpression of circ_0005623 promoted tumor growth, which was inhibited by propofol treatment. Taken together, propofol regulated aggressive progression of OSCC via circ_0005623/miR-195-5p/HOXB7 axis, providing the new train of thoughts for diagnosis and therapy of human OSCC. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
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