MicroR-26b Targets High Mobility Group, AT-hook 2 to Ameliorate Myocardial Infarction-induced Fibrosis by Suppression of Cardiac Fibroblasts Activation

Author(s): Xiao Chen, Zhaosheng Ding, Tong Li, Wei Jiang, Jiawei Zhang, Xuejun Deng*

Journal Name: Current Neurovascular Research

Volume 17 , Issue 2 , 2020

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Background: Myocardial Fibrosis (MF) is an important physiological change after myocardial infarction (MI). MicroRNA-26b (MiR-26b) has a certain inhibitory effect on pulmonary fibrosis. However, the role of miR-26b in MI-induced MF rats and underlying molecular mechanisms remain unknown.

Methods: Forty male Sprague Dawley (SD) rats weighing 200-250 g were divided into four groups (n=10): Sham group, MF group, MF + negative control (NC) agomir group and MF + miR-26b agomir group. Cardiac fibroblasts were isolated from cardiac tissue. Fibrosis levels were detected by MASSON staining, while the expression of related genes was detected by RT-qPCR, Western blotting and Immunohistochemistry, respectively. TargetScan and dual-luciferase reporter assay were utilized to predict the relationship between miR-26b and high mobility group, AT-hook 2 (HMGA2).

Results: The study found the expression of miR-26b to be down-regulated in the myocardium of MF rats (P<0.01). miR-26b overexpression in vitro significantly reduced the survival rate of cardiac fibroblasts and inhibited the expression of the fibrillar-associated protein (α-SMA alphasmooth muscle actin (α-SMA) and collagen I) (P<0.01). TargetScan indicated that HMGA2 was one of the target genes of miR-26b; dual-luciferase reporter assay further confirmed the targeted regulatory relationship (P<0.01). Moreover, miR-26b overexpression significantly reduced the expression of HMGA2 (P<0.01). Notably, HMGA2 overexpression reversed the inhibitory effect of miR-26b overexpression on cardiac fibroblast viability and the expression of α-SMA and collagen I (P<0.01). Animal experiments further indicated that miR-26b overexpression inhibited MIinduced rat MF by inhibiting the expression of HMGA2 (P<0.05, P<0.01).

Conclusion: In short, these findings indicate that miR-26b targets HMGA2 to ameliorate MI-induced fibrosis by suppression of cardiac fibroblasts activation.

Keywords: Myocardial infarction, myocardial fibrosis, mir-26b, high mobility group, AT-hook 2, cardiac fibroblasts.

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