Mitsuo Kato a , 1 , Mei Wang 1 , Zhuo Chen 1 , Kirti Bhatt 1 , Hyung Jung Oh 1 , Linda Lanting 1 , Supriya Deshpande 1 , Ye Jia 1 , Jennifer Y.C. Lai 2 , Christopher L. O’Connor 2 , YiFan Wu 2 , Jeffrey B. Hodgin 3 , Robert G. Nelson 4 , Markus Bitzer 2 , Rama Natarajan b , 1
30 September 2016
It is important to find better treatments for diabetic nephropathy (DN), a debilitating renal complication. Targeting early features of DN, including renal extracellular matrix accumulation (ECM) and glomerular hypertrophy, can prevent disease progression. Here we show that a megacluster of nearly 40 microRNAs and their host long non-coding RNA transcript (lnc-MGC) are coordinately increased in the glomeruli of mouse models of DN, and mesangial cells treated with transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF- β1) or high glucose. Lnc-MGC is regulated by an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-related transcription factor, CHOP. Cluster microRNAs and lnc-MGC are decreased in diabetic Chop −/− mice that showed protection from DN. Target genes of megacluster microRNAs have functions related to protein synthesis and ER stress. A chemically modified oligonucleotide targeting lnc-MGC inhibits cluster microRNAs, glomerular ECM and hypertrophy in diabetic mice. Relevance to human DN is also demonstrated. These results demonstrate the translational implications of targeting lnc-MGC for controlling DN progression.
Nephropathy is a common and hard-to-treat consequence of diabetes. Here Kato et al. show that a megacluster of microRNAs regulates early development of diabetic nephropathy in mice, and that inhibition of the cluster's host long non-coding RNA transcript attenuates disease symptoms, suggesting a new therapy for diabetic nephropathy.