There is increasing evidence that circular RNAs (circRNAs) can serve as microRNA (miRNA) sponges to regulate metastasis of multiple tumors, including pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). However, the role of the circRNA/miRNA regulatory network in metastasis of PDAC has not been elucidated. The purpose of this study is to explore the role of circ_0047744/miR-21/SOCS5 in the metastasis of PDAC. We found that circRNA_0047744 was weakly expressed in PDAC tissues and cell lines. The expression of circ_0047744 was negatively correlated with lymph node metastasis and positively correlated with overall survival in PDAC patients. Functionally, the overexpression of circ_0047744 suppressed cell migration and invasion in vitro and in vivo. Mechanistically, circ_0047744 could regulate SOCS5 expression by acting as a sponge of miR-21 to inhibit migration and invasion of PDAC cells. Our study demonstrates that circ_0047744 acts as an anti-oncogene to inhibit PDAC metastasis by regulating the miR-21/SOCS5 axis, indicating that circ_0047744 may be a potential novel therapeutic target for PDAC patients.

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