MicroRNA-27 inhibits adipogenic differentiation in orbital fibroblasts from patients with Graves’ orbitopathy

Sun Young Jang, Min Kyung Chae, Joon H. Lee, Eun Jig Lee, Jin Sook Yoon

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Background To investigate the role of microRNA (miR)-27a and miR-27b in adipogenesis in an in vitro model of Graves’ orbitopathy (GO). Methods Orbital fat tissues were harvested from GO and non-GO participants for primary orbital fibroblast cultures. The expression levels of miR-27a and miR-27b between GO and non-GO orbital fat tissues were compared. During adipogenesis of GO orbital fibroblasts, the expression levels of miR-27a and miR-27b were determined, and the effects of mimics of miR-27a and miR-27b transfection on adipogenesis of GO orbital fibroblast were investigated. Results Real time-polymerase chain reaction showed significantly more decreases in miR-27a and miR-27b levels in orbital fat tissues in GO participants than in non-GO participants (p < 0.05). The expression of both miR-27a and miR-27b was highest in orbital fibroblasts at day 0 and declined gradually after the induction of adipogenic differentiation. The expression levels of PPARγ, CCAAT/enhancer binding protein (C/EBP)α and C/EBPβ were decreased and Oil Red O-stained lipid droplets were lower in GO orbital fibroblasts transfected with miR-27a and miR-27b mimics than in negative controls. Conclusions Our results indicated that miR-27a and miR-27b inhibited adipogenesis in orbital fibroblasts from GO patients. Further studies are required to examine the potential of miR-27a and miR-27b as targets for therapeutic strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0221077
JournalPloS one
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug 1

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by a grant from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2017R1A2B4009565 to JSY) and a grant from NRF-2017R1A1A1A05001051 to SYJ. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General

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