Research Paper Volume 12, Issue 7 pp 5948—5976

Overexpression of miR-10a-5p facilitates the progression of osteoarthritis

Hui-Zi Li1,2,3, *, , Xiang-He Xu1,2,3, *, , Nan Lin1,2,3, *, , Da-Wei Wang1, , Yi-Ming Lin1, , Zhong-Zhen Su2,3,4, , Hua-Ding Lu1,2,3, ,

  • 1 Department of Orthopaedics, The Fifth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai 519000, Guangdong, China
  • 2 Department of Interventional Medicine, The Fifth Affiliated Hospital Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai 519000, Guangdong, China
  • 3 Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Biomedical Imaging, The Fifth Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai 519000, Guangdong, China
  • 4 Department of Medical Ultrasonics, The Fifth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Zhuhai 519000, Guangdong, China
* Equal contribution

Received: October 5, 2019       Accepted: March 2, 2020       Published: April 13, 2020
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The current study was aimed at exploring the potential roles and possible mechanisms of miR-10a-5p in osteoarthritis (OA). We performed RT-qPCR, Western blot, CCK8, EdU Assay, and flow cytometry assay to clarify the roles of miR-10a-5p in OA. Furthermore, the whole transcriptome sequencing together with integrated bioinformatics analyses were conducted to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of miR-10a-5p involving in OA. Our results demonstrated that miR-10a-5p was upregulated in OA and acted as a significant contributing factor for OA. A large number of circRNAs, lncRNAs, miRNAs, and mRNAs were identified by overexpressing miR-10a-5p. Functional enrichment analyses indicated that these differentially-expressed genes were enriched in some important terms including PPAR signaling pathway, PI3K-Akt signaling pathway, and p53 signaling pathway. A total of 42 hub genes were identified in the protein-protein interaction network including SERPINA1, TTR, APOA1, and A2M. Also, we constructed the network regulatory interactions across coding and noncoding RNAs triggered by miR-10a-5p, which revealed the powerful regulating effects of miR-10a-5p. Moreover, we found that HOXA3 acted as the targeted genes of miR-10a-5p and miR-10a-5p contributed to the progression of OA by suppressing HOXA3 expression. Our findings shed insight on regulatory mechanisms of miR-10a-5p, which might provide novel therapeutic targets for OA.


OA: Osteoarthritis; ncRNAs: Non-coding RNAs; miRNAs: microRNAs; lncRNAs: long non-coding RNAs; circRNAs: circular RNAs; MREs: microRNA response elements.