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Atherosclerosis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease that is characterized by the deposition of lipids in the vascular wall and the formation of foam cells. Macrophages play a critical role in the development of this chronic inflammation. An increasing amount of research shows that microRNAs affect many steps of inflammation. The goal of our study was to investigate the regulatory effect of miR-181a on the NLRP3 inflammasome pathway and explore its possible mechanism. Compared with the control group, the expression of miR-181a was downregulated in the carotid tissue of AS group mice, while the expression of MEK1 and NLRP3-related proteins was upregulated significantly. In vitro, when THP-1 macrophages were stimulated with oxidized low-density lipoprotein (ox-LDL), the expression of miR-181a was decreased, the MEK/ERK/NF-κB inflammatory pathways were activated and the expression of NLRP3 inflammasome-related proteins was upregulated. Exogenous overexpression of miR-181a downregulated the activation of the MEK/ERK/NF-κB pathway and decreased the expression of NLRP3 inflammasome-related proteins (such as NLRP3, caspase-1, interleukin-18 [IL-18], IL-1β, etc). Exogenous miR-181a knockdown showed the opposite results to those of overexpression group. A luciferase reporter assay proved that miR-181a inhibited the expression of MEK1 by binding to its 3'-untranslated region. When we knocked down miR-181a and then treated cells with U0126 before ox-LDL stimulation, we found that U0126 reversed the increased activation of the MEK/ERK/NF-κB pathway and upregulation of NLRP3 inflammasome-related proteins (NLRP3, caspase-1, IL-18, IL-1β) that resulted from miR-181a knockdown. Our study suggests that miR-181a regulates the activation of the NLRP3 inflammatory pathway by altering the activity of the MEK/ERK/NF-κB pathway via targeting of MEK1.
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Name: Journal of cellular biochemistry
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A 53-kDa protein that is a positive regulator of the alternate pathway of complement activation (COMPLEMENT ACTIVATION PATHWAY, ALTERNATIVE). It stabilizes the ALTERNATIVE PATHWAY C3 CONVERTASE (C3bBb) and protects it from rapid inactivation, thus facilitating the cascade of COMPLEMENT ACTIVATION and the formation of MEMBRANE ATTACK COMPLEX. Individuals with mutation in the PFC gene exhibit properdin deficiency and have a high susceptibility to infections.
A serum protein that regulates the CLASSICAL COMPLEMENT ACTIVATION PATHWAY. It binds as a cofactor to COMPLEMENT FACTOR I which then hydrolyzes the COMPLEMENT C4B in the CLASSICAL PATHWAY C3 CONVERTASE (C4bC2a).
Serum glycoproteins participating in the host defense mechanism of COMPLEMENT ACTIVATION that creates the COMPLEMENT MEMBRANE ATTACK COMPLEX. Included are glycoproteins in the various pathways of complement activation (CLASSICAL COMPLEMENT PATHWAY; ALTERNATIVE COMPLEMENT PATHWAY; and LECTIN COMPLEMENT PATHWAY).
The intracellular transfer of information (biological activation/inhibition) through a signal pathway. In each signal transduction system, an activation/inhibition signal from a biologically active molecule (hormone, neurotransmitter) is mediated via the coupling of a receptor/enzyme to a second messenger system or to an ion channel. Signal transduction plays an important role in activating cellular functions, cell differentiation, and cell proliferation. Examples of signal transduction systems are the GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID-postsynaptic receptor-calcium ion channel system, the receptor-mediated T-cell activation pathway, and the receptor-mediated activation of phospholipases. Those coupled to membrane depolarization or intracellular release of calcium include the receptor-mediated activation of cytotoxic functions in granulocytes and the synaptic potentiation of protein kinase activation. Some signal transduction pathways may be part of larger signal transduction pathways; for example, protein kinase activa
An important soluble regulator of the alternative pathway of complement activation (COMPLEMENT ACTIVATION PATHWAY, ALTERNATIVE). It is a 139-kDa glycoprotein expressed by the liver and secreted into the blood. It binds to COMPLEMENT C3B and makes iC3b (inactivated complement 3b) susceptible to cleavage by COMPLEMENT FACTOR I. Complement factor H also inhibits the association of C3b with COMPLEMENT FACTOR B to form the C3bB proenzyme, and promotes the dissociation of Bb from the C3bBb complex (COMPLEMENT C3 CONVERTASE, ALTERNATIVE PATHWAY).
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