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MicroRNA-29c Prevents Pulmonary Fibrosis by Regulating Epithelial Cell Renewal and Apoptosis.

08:00 EDT 11th August 2017 | BioPortfolio

Summary of "MicroRNA-29c Prevents Pulmonary Fibrosis by Regulating Epithelial Cell Renewal and Apoptosis."

Successful repair and renewal of alveolar epithelial cells are critical in prohibiting the accumulation of myofibroblasts in pulmonary fibrogenesis. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are multi-focal regulators involved in lung injury and repair. But the contribution of miRNAs to AEC2 renewal and apoptosis is incompletely understood. We report that microRNA-29c (MiR-29c) expression is lower in AEC2s of individuals with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) than healthy lungs. Epithelial cells overexpressing miR-29c show higher proliferative rate and viability. MiR-29c protects epithelial cells from apoptosis by targeting Foxo3a. Both overexpression of miR-29c conventionally and AEC2s specifically leads to less fibrosis and better recovery in vivo. Furthermore, deficiency of miR-29c in AEC2s results in higher apoptosis and reduced epithelial renewal. Interestingly, a gene network including a subset of apoptotic genes was co-regulated by both TLR4 and miR-29c. Taken together, miR-29c maintains epithelial integrity and promotes recovery from lung injury, thereby attenuating lung fibrosis in mice.

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Name: American journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology
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