Hypoxia mediates mutual repression between microRNA-27a and PPAR? in the pulmonary vasculature.

Kang BY, Park KK, Green DE, Bijli KM, Searles CD, Sutliff RL, Hart CM.
Source: PLoS ONE
Publication Date: (2013)
Issue: 8(11): e79503
Research Area:
Basic Research
Cells used in publication:
Endothelial, pulmonary artery (HPAEC), human
Species: human
Tissue Origin: artery
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a serious disorder that causes significant morbidity and mortality. The pathogenesis of PH involves complex derangements in multiple pathways including reductions in peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR?). Hypoxia, a common PH stimulus, reduces PPAR? in experimental models. In contrast, activating PPAR? attenuates hypoxia-induced PH and endothelin 1 (ET-1) expression. To further explore mechanisms of hypoxia-induced PH and reductions in PPAR?, we examined the effects of hypoxia on selected microRNA (miRNA or miR) levels that might reduce PPAR? expression leading to increased ET-1 expression and PH. Our results demonstrate that exposure to hypoxia (10% O2) for 3-weeks increased levels of miR-27a and ET-1 in the lungs of C57BL/6 mice and reduced PPAR? levels. Hypoxia-induced increases in miR-27a were attenuated in mice treated with the PPAR? ligand, rosiglitazone (RSG, 10 mg/kg/d) by gavage for the final 10 d of exposure. In parallel studies, human pulmonary artery endothelial cells (HPAECs) were exposed to control (21% O2) or hypoxic (1% O2) conditions for 72 h. Hypoxia increased HPAEC proliferation, miR-27a and ET-1 expression, and reduced PPAR? expression. These alterations were attenuated by treatment with RSG (10 ┬ÁM) during the last 24 h of hypoxia exposure. Overexpression of miR-27a or PPAR? knockdown increased HPAEC proliferation and ET-1 expression and decreased PPAR? levels, whereas these effects were reversed by miR-27a inhibition. Further, compared to lungs from littermate control mice, miR-27a levels were upregulated in lungs from endothelial-targeted PPAR? knockout (ePPAR? KO) mice. Knockdown of either SP1 or EGR1 was sufficient to significantly attenuate miR-27a expression in HPAECs. Collectively, these studies provide novel evidence that miR-27a and PPAR? mediate mutually repressive actions in hypoxic pulmonary vasculature and that targeting PPAR? may represent a novel therapeutic approach in PH to attenuate proliferative mediators that stimulate proliferation of pulmonary vascular cells.