Suppression of microRNA let-7a expression by agmatine regulates neural stem cell differentiation

Juhyun Song, Yumi Oh, Jong Youl Kim, Kyoung Joo Cho, Jong Eun Lee

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Abstract

Purpose: Neural stem cells (NSCs) effectively reverse some severe central nervous system (CNS) disorders, due to their ability to differentiate into neurons. Agmatine, a biogenic amine, has cellular protective effects and contributes to cellular proliferation and differentiation in the CNS. Recent studies have elucidated the function of microRNA let-7a (let-7a) as a regulator of cell differentiation with roles in regulating genes associated with CNS neurogenesis. Materials and Methods: This study aimed to investigate whether agmatine modulates the expression of crucial regulators of NSC differentiation including DCX, TLX, c-Myc, and ERK by controlling let-7a expression. Results: Our data suggest that high levels of let-7a promoted the expression of TLX and c-Myc, as well as repressed DCX and ERK expression. In addition, agmatine attenuated expression of TLX and increased expression of ERK by negatively regulating let-7a. Conclusion: Our study therefore enhances the present understanding of the therapeutic potential of NSCs in CNS disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1461-1467
Number of pages7
JournalYonsei medical journal
Volume57
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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