Glioma is one of the most aggressive forms of brain tumor and is hallmarked by high rate of mortality,metastasis and drug resistance. Herein, we explore the role of circular RNA (circRNA) hsa_circ_0000936 inthe resistance of glioma cells to temozolomide (TMZ). In this study, Relative changes in gene expression levelswere compared using qRT-PCR. The role of hsa_circ_0000936 was characterized by cell count kit -8 assay andflow cytometry. Luciferase reporter assay was carried out for target validation.We found that hsa_circ_0000936was upregulated in glioma tissues as compared to their adjacent normal tissues. Increased expression ofhsa_circ_0000936 was found in the glioma tissues of patients showing resistance to TMZ compared with thatof patients showing sensitivity to TMZ. The upregulation of hsa_circ_0000936 was also confirmed in TMZresistantglioma cells. miR-1294 was downregulated in TMZ-resistant glioma cells and identified as a directtarget of hsa_circ_0000936. Downregulation of hsa_circ_0000936 increased the sensitivity of TMZ-resistantglioma cells towards TMZ. Moreover, restoration of miR-1294 could abrogate the promoting effect ofhsa_circ_0000936 on TMZ resistance in TMZ-resistant glioma cells. In conclusion, downregulation ofhsa_circ_0000936 sensitizes TMZ-resistant glioma cells to TMZ by sponging miR-1294, suggesting thathsa_circ_0000936 may be a potential target for overcoming the resistance of glioma cells to TMZ.
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