Mir-215-5p induces autophagy by targeting PI3K and activating ROS-mediated MAPK pathways in cardiomyocytes of chicken

Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Jingzeng CaiZiwei Zhang


Our previous study revealed that selenium (Se) deficiency can cause myocardial injury through triggering autophagy. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play crucial roles in autophagic cell death. However, the relationship between miRNAs and myocardial autophagy injury caused by Se deficiency remains unclear. We selected differential microRNA-215-5p (miR-215-5p) in Se-deficient myocardial tissue using high-throughput miRNA-sequencing. To further explore the role of miR-215-5p in myocardial injury, overexpression/knockdown of miR-215-5p in primary cardiomyocyte model was established by miRNAs interference technology. In this study, we report that miR-215-5p can promote myocardial autophagy by directly binding to the 3'untranslated region (3'UTR) of phosphatidylinositol-4, 5-bisphosphate 3-kinase (PI3K). Its target gene PI3K was confirmed by dual luciferase reporter assay, quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) and western blot in cardiomyocytes. Our results showed that overexpression of miR-215-5p could trigger myocardial autophagy through PI3K-threonine-protein kinase (AKT)-target of rapamycin (TOR) pathway. Further studies revealed that autophagic cell death was dependent on the activation of extracellular signal-regulated ...Continue Reading

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