European Journal of Dermatology

, Volume 28, Issue 5, pp 613–620 | Cite as

circCOL3A1-859267 regulates type I collagen expression by sponging miR-29c in human dermal fibroblasts

  • Yating Peng
  • Xiaojing Song
  • Yue Zheng
  • Haiyan Cheng
  • Wei LaiEmail author
Investigative report



The genes COL1A1 and COL1A2 encode the pro-alpha 1 and pro-alpha 2 chains of type I collagen, respectively, which is one of the main components of skin dermis.We have previously demonstrated that a circularRNA(a class of recently identified non-codingRNAs that exhibit regulatory potency by sequestering miRNAs like a sponge), which we termed circCOL3A1-859267, is downregulated and regulates type I collagen expression in UVA-exposed human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs). However, the precise mechanisms of circCOL3A1-859267-mediated collagen expression in UVA-irradiated HDFs remain unclear.


To elucidate the mechanism of circCOL3A1-859267-mediated regulation of type I collagen expression.

Materials & methods

We initially predicted miRNA binding sites on circCOL3A1-859267 based on a bioinformatic method, and a dual luciferase reporter assay was used to determine miRNA binding to circCOL3A1-859267 in HEK 293 cells. The effect of UVA irradiation on the expression of miRNAs as well as circCOL3A1-859267-mediated type I collagen expression was further investigated in HDFs.


miR-29a, miR-29b, miR-29c, miR-767, and miR-133a were predicted to bind both circCOL3A1-859267 and COL1A1/COL1A2, however, only miR-29c was shown to bind to circCOL3A1-859267 based on the dual luciferase reporter assay. In UVA-exposed HDFs, only miR-29c was upregulated. Finally, transfection of a small interfering RNA targeting circCOL3A1-859267 or miR-29c mimic suppressed the expression of type I collagen in HDFs; the miR-29c mimic-induced down-regulation was restored via overexpression of circCOL3A1-859267 using a lentiviral-based expression system.


Our results indicate that circCOL3A1-859267 regulates type I collagen expression by sponging and sequestering miR-29c in HDFs.

Key words

circRNA miRNA UVA fibroblast collagen 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yating Peng
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xiaojing Song
    • 1
  • Yue Zheng
    • 1
  • Haiyan Cheng
    • 1
  • Wei Lai
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Dermatology and VenereologyThird Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Dermatology and Venereologythe Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang UniversityNanchangChina

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