MiR-155 regulates IFN-γ production in natural killer cells

Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.
Blood (Impact Factor: 10.45). 02/2012; 119(15):3478-85. DOI: 10.1182/blood-2011-12-398099
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MicroRNAs (miRs) are small, noncoding RNA molecules with important regulatory functions whose role in regulating natural killer (NK) cell biology is not well defined. Here, we show that miR-155 is synergistically induced in primary human NK cells after costimulation with IL-12 and IL-18, or with IL-12 and CD16 clustering. Over-expression of miR-155 enhanced induction of IFN-γ by IL-12 and IL-18 or CD16 stimulation, whereas knockdown of miR-155 or its disruption suppressed IFN-γ induction in monokine and/or CD16-stimulated NK cells. These effects on the regulation of NK cell IFN-γ expression were found to be mediated at least in part via miR-155's direct effects on the inositol phosphatase SHIP1. Consistent with this, we observed that modulation of miR-155 overrides IL-12 and IL-18-mediated regulation of SHIP1 expression in NK cells. Collectively, our data indicate that miR-155 expression is regulated by stimuli that strongly induce IFN-γ in NK cells such as IL-12, IL-18, and CD16 activation, and that miR-155 functions as a positive regulator of IFN-γ production in human NK cells, at least in part via down-regulating SHIP1. These findings may have clinical relevance for targeting miR-155 in neoplastic disease.

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    • "Since miR155 has been shown to play a critical role in regulation of T cell IFN-γ release [25], [28], we used miRNA155-/- mice in the following experiments to confirm whether miRNA155 is involved in T cell IFN-γ production. T cells were isolated from miRNA155-/- and wild-type mice and were analyzed first for miRNA155 expression to confirm that T cells from miRNA155-/- are indeed deficient in miRNA155. "
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