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MicroRNA-130a alleviates human coronary artery endothelial cell injury and inflammatory responses by targeting PTEN via activating PI3K/Akt/eNOS signaling pathway

Chun-Li Song _, Bin Liu, Yong-Feng Shi, Ning Liu, You-You Yan, Ji-Chang Zhang, Xin Xue, Jin-Peng Wang, Zhuo Zhao, Jian-Gen Liu, Yang-Xue Li, Xiao-Hao Zhang and Jun-Duo Wu

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:71922-71936. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.12431

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Chun-Li Song1, Bin Liu1, Yong-Feng Shi1, Ning Liu1, You-You Yan1, Ji-Chang Zhang1, Xin Xue1, Jin-Peng Wang1, Zhuo Zhao1, Jian-Gen Liu1, Yang-Xue Li1, Xiao-Hao Zhang1, Jun-Duo Wu1

1Department of Cardiology, The Second Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun 130041, Jilin Province, China

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Chun-Li Song, email: [email protected]

Keywords: microRNA-130a, PTEN, PI3K/Akt/eNOS signaling pathway, coronary artery endothelial cells, cell injury

Received: June 29, 2016     Accepted: September 21, 2016     Published: October 04, 2016


Our study aims to investigate the roles of microRNA-130a (miR-130a) in human coronary artery endothelial cells (HCAECs) injury and inflammatory responses by targeting PTEN through the PI3K/Akt/eNOS signaling pathway. HCAECs were treated with 1.0 mmol/L homocysteine (HCY) and assigned into eight groups: the blank group, the negative control (NC) group, the miR-130a mimics group, the miR-130a inhibitors group, the si-PTEN group, the Wortmannin group, the miR-130a inhibitors + si-PTEN group and the miR-130a mimics + Wortmannin group. Luciferase reporter gene assay was used to validate the relationship between miR-130a and PTEN. The expressions of miR-130a, PTEN and PI3K/Akt/eNOS signaling pathway-related proteins were detected by qRT-PCR assay and Western blotting. MTT assay and Hoechst 33258 staining were adopted to testify cell growth and apoptosis. The NO kit assay was used to detect the NO release. ELISA was conducted to measure serum cytokine levels. Luciferase reporter gene assay confirmed the target relationship between miR-130a and PTEN. Compared with the blank and NC groups, the miR-130a mimics and si-PTEN groups showed significant increases in the expressions of PI3K/Akt/eNOS signaling pathway-related proteins, cell viability and the NO release, while serum cytokine levels and cell apoptosis were decreased; by contrast, an opposite trend was observed in miR-130a inhibitors and Wortmannin groups. However, no significant difference was found in the miR-130a inhibitors + si-PTEN and miR-130a mimics + Wortmannin groups when compared with the blank group. These results indicate that miR-130a could alleviate HCAECs injury and inflammatory responses by down-regulating PTEN and activating PI3K/Akt/eNOS signaling pathway.

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