MiR-29a Reduces TIMP-1 Production by Dermal Fibroblasts via Targeting TGF-β Activated Kinase 1 Binding Protein 1, Implications for Systemic Sclerosis

Feghali-Bostwick, Carol, Ciechomska, Marzena, O'Reilly, Steven, Suwara, Monika, Bogunia-Kubik, Katarzyna and van Laar, Jacob (2014) MiR-29a Reduces TIMP-1 Production by Dermal Fibroblasts via Targeting TGF-β Activated Kinase 1 Binding Protein 1, Implications for Systemic Sclerosis. PLoS ONE, 9 (12). e115596. ISSN 1932-6203

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Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune connective tissue disease characterised by skin and internal organs fibrosis due to accumulation of extra cellular matrix (ECM) proteins. Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases 1 (TIMP-1) plays a key role in ECM deposition.

To investigate the role of miR-29a in regulation of TAB1-mediated TIMP-1 production in dermal fibroblasts in systemic sclerosis.

Healthy control (HC) and SSc fibroblasts were cultured from skin biopsies. The expression of TIMP-1, MMP-1 and TGF-β activated kinase 1 binding protein 1 (TAB1) was measured following miR-29a transfection using ELISA, qRT-PCR, and Western Blotting. The functional effect of miR-29a on dermal fibroblasts was assessed in collagen gel assay. In addition, HeLa cells were transfected with 3′UTR of TAB1 plasmid cloned downstream of firefly luciferase gene to assess TAB1 activity. HC fibroblasts and HeLa cells were also transfected with Target protectors in order to block the endogenous miR-29a activity.

We found that TAB1 is a novel target gene of miR-29a, also regulating downstream TIMP-1 production. TAB1 is involved in TGF-β signal transduction, a key cytokine triggering TIMP-1 production. To confirm that TAB1 is a bona fide target gene of miR-29a, we used a TAB1 3′UTR luciferase assay and Target protector system. We showed that miR-29a not only reduced TIMP-1 secretion via TAB1 repression, but also increased functional MMP-1 production resulting in collagen degradation. Blocking TAB1 activity by pharmacological inhibition or TAB1 knockdown resulted in TIMP-1 reduction, confirming TAB1-dependent TIMP-1 regulation. Enhanced expression of miR-29a was able to reverse the profibrotic phenotype of SSc fibroblasts via downregulation of collagen and TIMP-1.

miR-29a repressed TAB1-mediated TIMP-1 production in dermal fibroblasts, demonstrating that miR-29a may be a therapeutic target in SSc.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C400 Genetics
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2018 14:22
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 10:22
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35242

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