A microRNA component of the hypoxic response
ABSTRACT microRNAs participate in a wide variety of physiological and pathological cellular processes. Recent studies have established a link between a specific group of microRNAs and hypoxia, a key feature of the neoplastic microenvironment. A significant proportion of the hypoxia-regulated microRNAs (HRMs) are also overexpressed in human cancers, suggesting a role in tumorigenesis. Preliminary evidence suggests that they could affect important processes such as apoptosis, proliferation and angiogenesis. Several HRMs exhibit induction in response to HIF activation, thus extending its repertoire of targets beyond translated genes. In the present review, we discuss the emerging roles of HRMs in oxygen deprivation in cancer context.
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ABSTRACT: Pancreatic β-cell failure is central to the development and progression of type 2 diabetes. We recently demonstrated that β-cells become hypoxic under high glucose conditions due to increased oxygen consumption and that the pancreatic islets of diabetic mice but not those of control mice are moderately hypoxic. However, the impact of moderate hypoxia on β-cell number and function is unknown. In the present study, moderate hypoxia induced a hypoxic response in MIN6 cells, as evidenced by increased levels of HIF-1α protein and target genes. Under these conditions, a selective downregulation of Mafa, Pdx1, Slc2a2, Ndufa5, Kcnj11, Ins1, Wfs1, Foxa2, and Neurod1, which play important roles in β-cells, was also observed in both MIN6 cells and isolated pancreatic islets. Consistent with the altered expression of these genes, abnormal insulin secretion was detected in hypoxic MIN6 cells. Most of the hypoxia-induced gene downregulation in MIN6 cells was not affected by the suppression of HIF-1α, suggesting a HIF-1-independent mechanism. Moderate hypoxia also induced apoptosis in MIN6 cells. These results suggest that hypoxia is a novel stressor of β-cells and that hypoxic stress may play a role in the deterioration of β-cell function.PLoS ONE 12/2014; 9(12):e114868. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0114868 · 3.53 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Recently microRNAs (miRNAs) have been attractive targets with their key roles in biological regulation through post-transcription to control mRNA stability and protein translation. Though melatonin was known as an anti-angiogenic agent, the underlying mechanism of melatonin in PC-3 prostate cancer cells under hypoxia still remains unclear. Thus, in the current study, we elucidated the important roles of miRNAs in melatonin-induced anti-angiogenic activity in hypoxic PC-3 cells. miRNA array revealed that 33 miRNAs (>2 folds) including miRNA3195 and miRNA 374b were significantly upregulated and 16 miRNAs were downregulated in melatonin-treated PC-3 cells under hypoxia compared to untreated control. Melatonin significantly attenuated the expression of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1 alpha, HIF-2 alpha and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) at mRNA level in hypoxic PC-3 cells. Consistently, melatonin enhanced the expression of miRNA3195 and miRNA 374b in hypoxic PC-3 cells by qRT-PCR analysis. Of note, overexpression of miRNA3195 and miRNA374b mimics attenuated the mRNA levels of angiogenesis related genes such as HIF-1alpha, HIF-2 alpha and VEGF in PC-3 cells under hypoxia. Furthermore, overexpression of miRNA3195 and miRNA374b suppressed typical angiogenic protein VEGF at the protein level and VEGF production induced by melatonin, while antisense oligonucleotides against miRNA 3195 or miRNA 374b did not affect VEGF production induced by melatonin. Also, overexpression of miR3195 or miR374b reduced HIF-1 alpha immunofluorescent expression in hypoxic PC-3 compared to untreated control. Overall, our findings suggest that upregulation of miRNA3195 and miRNA374b mediates anti-angiogenic property induced by melatonin in hypoxic PC-3 cells.01/2015; 6(1):19-28. DOI:10.7150/jca.9591
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ABSTRACT: Background Tumor hypoxia is one of the features of tumor microenvironment that contributes to chemoresistance. miRNAs have recently been shown to play important roles in tumorigenesis and drug resistance. Moreover, hypoxia also regulates the expression of a series of miRNAs. However, the interaction between chemoresistance, hypoxia and miRNAs has not been explored yet. The aim of this study is to understand the mechanisms activated/inhibited by miRNAs under hypoxia that induce resistance to chemotherapy-induced apoptosis. Methods TaqMan low-density array was used to identify changes in miRNA expression when cells were exposed to etoposide under hypoxia or normoxia. The effects of miR-196b overexpression on apoptosis and cell proliferation were studied in HepG2 cells. miR-196b target mRNAs were identified by proteomic analysis, luciferase activity assay, RT-qPCR and western blot analysis. Results Results showed that hypoxia down-regulated miR-196b expression that was induced by etoposide. miR-196b overexpression increased the etoposide-induced apoptosis and reversed the protection of cell death observed under hypoxia. By a proteomic approach combined with bioinformatics analyses, we identified IGF2BP1 as a potential target of miR-196b. Indeed, miR-196b overexpression decreased IGF2BP1 RNA expression and protein level. The IGF2BP1 down-regulation by either miR-196b or IGF2BP1 siRNA led to an increase in apoptosis and a decrease in cell viability and proliferation in normal culture conditions. However, IGF2BP1 silencing did not modify the chemoresistance induced by hypoxia, probably because it is not the only target of miR-196b involved in the regulation of apoptosis. Conclusions In conclusion, for the first time, we identified IGF2BP1 as a direct and functional target of miR-196b and showed that miR-196b overexpression reverses the chemoresistance induced by hypoxia. These results emphasize that the chemoresistance induced by hypoxia is a complex mechanism. Electronic supplementary material The online version of this article (doi:10.1186/s12943-015-0349-6) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.Molecular Cancer 04/2015; 14. DOI:10.1186/s12943-015-0349-6 · 5.40 Impact Factor