Inhibition of miR-19a-3p decreases cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury by targeting IGFBP3 in vivo and in vitro

Zhaohui Chai, Jiangbiao Gong, Peidong Zheng, Jiesheng Zheng
Biological Research 2020 April 20, 53 (1): 17

BACKGROUND: Inflammation and apoptosis are considered to be two main factors affecting ischemic brain injury and the subsequent reperfusion damage. MiR-19a-3p has been reported to be a possible novel biomarker in ischemic stroke. However, the function and molecular mechanisms of miR-19a-3p remain unclear in cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury.

METHODS: The I/R injury model was established in vivo by middle cerebral artery occlusion/reperfusion (MCAO/R) in rats and in vitro by oxygen-glucose deprivation and reperfusion (OGD/R) induced SH-SY5Y cells. The expression of miR-19a-3p was determined by reverse transcription quantitative PCR. The infarction volumes, Neurological deficit scores, apoptosis, cell viability, pro-inflammatory cytokines and apoptosis were evaluated using Longa score, Bederson score, TTC, TUNEL staining, CCK-8, ELISA, flow cytometry assays. Luciferase reporter assay was utilized to validate the target gene of miR-19a-3p.

RESULTS: We first found miR-19a-3p was significantly up-regulated in rat I/R brain tissues and OGD/R induced SH-SY5Y cells. Using the in vivo and in vitro I/R injury model, we further demonstrated that miR-19a-3p inhibitor exerted protective role against injury to cerebral I/R, which was reflected by reduced infarct volume, improved neurological outcomes, increased cell viability, inhibited inflammation and apoptosis. Mechanistically, miR-19a-3p binds to 3'UTR region of IGFBP3 mRNA. Inhibition of miR-19a-3p caused the increased expression of IGFBP3 in OGD/R induced SH-SY5Y cells. Furthermore, we showed that IGFBP3 overexpression imitated, while knockdown reversed the protective effects of miR-19a-3p inhibitor against OGD/R-induced injury.

CONCLUSIONS: In summary, our findings showed miR-19a-3p regulated I/R-induced inflammation and apoptosis through targeting IGFBP3, which might provide a potential therapeutic target for cerebral I/R injury.

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