Research Paper Volume 13, Issue 11 pp 15307—15319
Constitutive activation of the NEAT1/miR-22-3p/Ltb4r1 signaling pathway in mice with myocardial injury following acute myocardial infarction
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Coronary heart disease (CHD) with myocardial infarction (MI) being the manifestation of its advanced manifestation, remains the primary cause of mortality and disability worldwide. Aberrant expression of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) and microRNAs (miRNAs) can affect the occurrence of MI in CHD. The present study aimed to explore whether NEAT1 sponging with miR-22-3p affected MI in CHD and its related mechanism. We established that the NEAT1 and Ltb4r1 expressions were increased, while miR-22-3p expression was down-regulated in MI mice following CHD. NEAT1 could competitively bind to miR-22-3p and positively regulate Ltb4r1 expression. Ltb4r1 was the downstream target of miR-22-3p. Moreover, silencing NEAT1 or downregulating Ltb4rl expression resulted in improved cardiac function, reduced infarct size, and declined levels of IL-1β, IL-6, and IL-18. Furthermore, silencing of NEAT1 also inhibited apoptosis by decreasing levels of Cleaved caspase-3 and Bax, and increasing Bcl-2 level through sponging miR-22-3p, resulting in reduced myocardial injury in CHD. Altogether, the activation of the NEAT1/miR-22-3p/Ltb4r1 signaling pathway appears to aggravate myocardial injury following a MI, which suggested that this signaling may be a useful target for improved and more individualized treatments for MI.