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      Upregulation of MicroRNA-210 Regulates Renal Angiogenesis Mediated by Activation of VEGF Signaling Pathway under Ischemia/Perfusion Injury in vivo and in vitro

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          Background: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are endogenous, non-coding, small RNAs that regulate gene expression and function, but little is known about regulation of miRNAs in the kidneys under normal or pathologic conditions. Here, we sought to investigate the potential involvement of miRNAs in renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury and angiogenesis and to define some of the miRNAs possibly associated with renal angiogenesis. Methods and Results: Male Balb/c mice were subjected to a standard renal I/R. CD31 immunostaining indicated a significant increase of microvessels in the ischemic region. VEGF and VEGFR2 expression were increased in renal I/R at both the mRNA and protein levels which were detected by qRT-PCR and Western blot, respectively. More importantly, 76 microRNAs exhibited more than 2-fold changes using Agilent microRNA microarray, which contains downregulation of 40 miRNAs and upregulation of 36 miRNAs. Upregulation of miR-210 was confirmed by qRT-PCR with prominent changes at 4 and 24 h after reperfusion. Furthermore, overexpression of miR-210 in HUVEC-12 cells enhances VEGF and VEGFR2 expression and promotes angiogenesis on Matrigel in vitro. Conclusion: These findings suggest miR-210 may be involved in targeting the VEGF signaling pathway to regulate angiogenesis after renal I/R injury, which provides novel insights into the angiogenesis mechanism of renal I/R injury.

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              MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-protein-coding RNAs that function as negative gene expression regulators. In the present study, we investigated miRNAs role in endothelial cell response to hypoxia. We found that the expression of miR-210 progressively increased upon exposure to hypoxia. miR-210 overexpression in normoxic endothelial cells stimulated the formation of capillary-like structures on Matrigel and vascular endothelial growth factor-driven cell migration. Conversely, miR-210 blockade via anti-miRNA transfection inhibited the formation of capillary-like structures stimulated by hypoxia and decreased cell migration in response to vascular endothelial growth factor. miR-210 overexpression did not affect endothelial cell growth in both normoxia and hypoxia. However, anti-miR-210 transfection inhibited cell growth and induced apoptosis, in both normoxia and hypoxia. We determined that one relevant target of miR-210 in hypoxia was Ephrin-A3 since miR-210 was necessary and sufficient to down-modulate its expression. Moreover, luciferase reporter assays showed that Ephrin-A3 was a direct target of miR-210. Ephrin-A3 modulation by miR-210 had significant functional consequences; indeed, the expression of an Ephrin-A3 allele that is not targeted by miR-210 prevented miR-210-mediated stimulation of both tubulogenesis and chemotaxis. We conclude that miR-210 up-regulation is a crucial element of endothelial cell response to hypoxia, affecting cell survival, migration, and differentiation.

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                Kidney Blood Press Res
                Kidney and Blood Pressure Research
                S. Karger AG
                April 2012
                25 November 2011
                : 35
                : 3
                : 182-191
                Institutes of aUrology and bCerebrovascular Diseases, Nanchang University, and cIntensive Care Unit, First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, Nanchang, and dInstitute of Orthopedic Surgery, Shanghai Sixth People’s Hospital, Shanghai Jiao-tong University, Shanghai, China
                Author notes
                *Dr. Yang Wang, Institute of Urology, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330006, Institute of Orthopedic Surgery, Shanghai Sixth People’s Hospital, Shanghai Jiao-tong University, Shanghai 200233 (China), Tel. +86 791 8869 2527, E-Mail wangy63cn@126.com, Dr. Zhi-Feng Deng, Institute of Cerebrovascular Diseases, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330006 (China), E-Mail dengzf63@126.com
                331054 Kidney Blood Press Res 2012;35:182–191
                © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel

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                Figures: 6, Tables: 1, Pages: 10
                Original Paper

                Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

                MicroRNA, Angiogenesis, Ischemia/reperfusion


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