Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)-induced gene (TGFBI) protein (TGFBIp) is associated with granular corneal dystrophy type 2 (GCD2). TGFBIp levels can affect GCD2 phenotypes, but the underlying molecular mechanisms have not been fully elucidated. We investigated the involvement of microRNA (miRNA) and TGF-β in the regulation of TGFBIp expression in corneal fibroblasts. Ectopic expression of miR-9, miR-21, and miR-181a significantly decreased TGFBIp levels. Conversely, expression of miR-21 and miR-181a was induced by TGF-β1. Expression of miR-21 was 10-fold higher than that of miR-9 and miR-181a in corneal fibroblasts. Additionally, TGF-β1 expression was significantly higher than that of TGF-β2 and TGF-β3 in corneal fibroblasts, whereas expression of all three TGF-β forms was not significantly different between wild-type (WT) and GCD2 homozygotes (HO) corneal fibroblasts. Taken together, these data indicate that TGFBIp expression is positively regulated by TGF-β, whereas TGF-β-induced miR-21 and miR-181a negatively regulate TGFBIp expression. In conclusion, TGFBIp levels in corneal fibroblasts are controlled via the coordinated activity of miR-21 and miR-181a and by Smad signaling. Pharmacologic modulation of these miRNAs and TGF-β signaling could have therapeutic potential for TGFBI-associated corneal dystrophy, including GCD2.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|Publication status||Published - 2016 Mar 25|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology