NOVA1 is a novel target of miR-27-3p. (A) The predicted miR-27-3p binding site within the NOVA1 3’-UTR was determined by Targetscan (Upper). miR-27-3p suppresses NOVA1 3’-UTR reporter activity (Lower). (B) qRT-PCR analysis showing that NOVA1 expression is suppressed in fibroblasts transfected with agomiR-27-3p. (C) CCK8 assays used to assess fibroblast proliferation. (D) Transwell assays were used to assess fibroblast migration capacity. (E, F) Expression of pro-apoptotic and anti-apoptotic proteins was detected with qRT-PCR and Western blotting. (G) Flow cytometry evaluating the cell cycle in fibroblasts. (H, I) The ECM-related proteins collagen III, MMP1 and MMP3 were evaluated with Western blotting and qRT-PCR.