Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2019; 23 (11): 4558-4563

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_201906_18031

Effects of MiR-146a on repair and inflammation in rats with spinal cord injury through the TLR/NF-κB signaling pathway

Z.-C. Lv, X.-Y. Cao, Y.-X. Guo, X.-D. Zhang, J. Ding, J. Geng, K. Feng, H. Niu

Department of Spine Surgery, Luoyang Orthopedic Hospital of Henan Province, Zhengzhou, China. 305360418@qq.com


OBJECTIVE: This study aims to investigate the effects of micro ribonucleic acid-34a (miR-34a) on repair and inflammation of rats with spinal cord injury (SCI) through the toll-like receptor (TLR)/nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) signaling pathway.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, 12 healthy rats (control group (CG)) and 24 SCI rats (experimental group (EG-1)) were selected as subjects. A total of 12 experimental rats randomly selected from EG-1 were injected with 5 µL agomiR-146 as EG-2 group. Serum levels of miR-146a, TLR, NF-κB, interleukin-8 (IL-8) and IL-6 of rats in CG and EG-1 were detected by quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Furthermore, the protein levels of miR-146a, TLR, NF-κB, IL-8 and IL-6 in rats of CG and EG were detected via Western blotting. Spinal cord tissue sections of SCI rats after treatment with agomiR-146 were observed by hematoxylin and eosin staining (H&E) staining.

RESULTS: The mRNA level of miR-146a in SCI rats was significantly lower than that in healthy rats, and the difference was statistically significant (p < 0.05). The mRNA levels of TLR, NF-κB, IL-8 and IL-6 in SCI rats were markedly higher than those in healthy rats, showing significant differences (p < 0.05). However, the relative mRNA level of miR-146a in EG-2 group was significantly higher than that in EG-1 group, with a significant difference (p < 0.05). Relative level of miR-146a was not significantly different between EG-2 group and CG group (p > 0.05). Meanwhile, the mRNA levels of TLR, NF-κB, IL-8 and IL-6 in EG-2 group were evidently lower than those in EG-1 group, displaying significant differences (p < 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS: MiR-146a can promote the repair of SCI and reduce inflammatory responses in rats through the TLR/NF-κB signaling pathway.

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Z.-C. Lv, X.-Y. Cao, Y.-X. Guo, X.-D. Zhang, J. Ding, J. Geng, K. Feng, H. Niu
Effects of MiR-146a on repair and inflammation in rats with spinal cord injury through the TLR/NF-κB signaling pathway

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2019
Vol. 23 - N. 11
Pages: 4558-4563
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_201906_18031