Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2017; 21 (13): 3088-3097

MiR-24 alleviates cardiomyocyte apoptosis after myocardial infarction via targeting BIM

L.-J. Pan, X. Wang, Y. Ling, H. Gong

Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Jinshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. huigongzxx@163.com


OBJECTIVE: Ischemia hypoxia induces cardiomyocyte (CM) apoptosis in the process of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). It was showed that pro-apoptosis factor BIM participates in regulating tumor cell apoptosis under ischemia or hypoxia condition, while its role in CM apoptosis after AMI is still unclear. It was revealed that miR-24 expression was significantly reduced in myocardial tissue after AMI. Bioinformatics analysis exhibits that miR-24 is targeted to the 3’-UTR of BIM. This study aims to investigate the role of miR-24 in mediating BIM expression and CM apoptosis.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: Dual-luciferase assay was used to confirm the targeted regulation between miR-24 and BIM. Cells were cultured under ischemia hypoxia for 12 h after transfection for 48 h. Cell apoptosis was tested by using flow cytometry. The caspase activity was detected by using spectrophotometry. Wistar rats were divided into four groups, including Sham, AMI, AMI + agomir-control, and AMI + agomir-24 groups. Cardiac function was evaluated by using echocardiography. CM apoptosis was determined by using TUNEL. Infarction area was measured by using evans blue staining. MiR-24 targeted suppressed BIM expression.

RESULTS: MiR-24 mimic and/or si-BIM transfection significantly declined the BIM expression, inhibited caspase-9 and caspase-3 activities, and reduced cell apoptosis in H9C2 cells. MiR-24 expression was decreased, while BIM levels were up-regulated in myocardium after AMI. Agomir-24 injection down-regulated the BIM expression in myocardium, reduced CM apoptosis, narrowed infarction area, and improved cardiac function in rats.

CONCLUSIONS: MiR-24 was reduced, whereas BIM was enhanced in the CM after AMI. MiR-24 up-regulation plays a critical role in decreasing BIM expression, reducing CM apoptosis, and improving cardiac function after AMI.

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L.-J. Pan, X. Wang, Y. Ling, H. Gong
MiR-24 alleviates cardiomyocyte apoptosis after myocardial infarction via targeting BIM

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2017
Vol. 21 - N. 13
Pages: 3088-3097