Neuron-derived orphan receptor-1 (NOR-1) plays a major role in vascular biology by controlling fibroproliferative and inflammatory responses. Because microRNAs (miRNAs) have recently emerged as key players in the regulation of gene expression in the vasculature, here we have investigated the regulation of NOR-1 by miRNAs in endothelial cells. Computational algorithms suggest that NOR-1 could be targeted by members of the miR-17 family. Accordingly, ectopic over-expression of miR-17 or miR-20a in endothelial cells using synthetic premiRNAs attenuated the up-regulation of NOR-1 expression induced by VEGF (as evidenced by real time PCR, Western blot and immunocitochemistry). Conversely, the antagonism of these miRNAs by specific antagomirs prevented the down-regulation of NOR-1 promoted by miR-17 or miR-20a in VEGF-stimulated cells. Disruption of the miRNANOR- 1 mRNA interaction using a custom designed target protector evidenced the selectivity of these responses. Further, luciferase reporter assays and seed-sequence mutagenesis confirmed that miR-17 and -20a bind to NOR-1 3′-UTR. Finally, miR-17 and -20a ameliorated the up-regulation of VCAM-1 mediated by NOR-1 in VEGF-stimulated cells. Therefore, miR-17 and -20a target NOR-1 thereby regulating NOR-1-dependent gene expression.

MiR-17 and -20a target the neuron-derived orphan receptor-1 (NOR-1) in vascular endothelial cells

Ingrosso, Diego;
2015

Abstract

Neuron-derived orphan receptor-1 (NOR-1) plays a major role in vascular biology by controlling fibroproliferative and inflammatory responses. Because microRNAs (miRNAs) have recently emerged as key players in the regulation of gene expression in the vasculature, here we have investigated the regulation of NOR-1 by miRNAs in endothelial cells. Computational algorithms suggest that NOR-1 could be targeted by members of the miR-17 family. Accordingly, ectopic over-expression of miR-17 or miR-20a in endothelial cells using synthetic premiRNAs attenuated the up-regulation of NOR-1 expression induced by VEGF (as evidenced by real time PCR, Western blot and immunocitochemistry). Conversely, the antagonism of these miRNAs by specific antagomirs prevented the down-regulation of NOR-1 promoted by miR-17 or miR-20a in VEGF-stimulated cells. Disruption of the miRNANOR- 1 mRNA interaction using a custom designed target protector evidenced the selectivity of these responses. Further, luciferase reporter assays and seed-sequence mutagenesis confirmed that miR-17 and -20a bind to NOR-1 3′-UTR. Finally, miR-17 and -20a ameliorated the up-regulation of VCAM-1 mediated by NOR-1 in VEGF-stimulated cells. Therefore, miR-17 and -20a target NOR-1 thereby regulating NOR-1-dependent gene expression.
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