Vol 27, No 3 (2020)
Original articles — Basic science and experimental cardiology
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MiR-1/133 attenuates cardiomyocyte apoptosis and electrical remodeling in mice with viral myocarditis

Wei Li1, Mengmeng Liu2, Cuifen Zhao2, Cai Chen1, Qingyu Kong2, Zhifeng Cai2, Dong Li3
Pubmed: 30994182
Cardiol J 2020;27(3):285-294.


Background: The role of miR-1 and miR-133 in regulating the expression of potassium and calcium ion channels, and mediating cardiomyocyte apoptosis in mice with viral myocarditis (VMC) is investigated herein.

Methods: Male Balb/c mice were randomly divided into groups: control group, VMC group, VMC + miR-1/133 mimics group, or VMC + miR-1/133 negative control (NC) group. VMC was induced with coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3). MiR-1/133 mimics ameliorated cardiac dysfunction in VMC mice and was compared to the VMC+NC group.

Results: Hematoxylin and eosin staining showed a well-arranged myocardium without inflammatory cell infiltration in the myocardial matrix of the control group. However, in the VMC and VMC+NC groups, the myocardium was disorganized and swollen with necrosis, and the myocardial matrix was infiltrated with inflammatory cells. These changes were alleviated by miR-1/133 mimics. TUNEL staining revealed decreased cardiomyocyte apoptosis in the VMC + miR-1/133 mimics group compared with the VMC group. In addition, miR-1/133 mimics up-regulated the expression of miR-1 and miR-133, the potassium channel genes Kcnd2 and Kcnj2, as well as Bcl-2, and down-regulated the expression of the potassium channel suppressor gene Irx5, L-type calcium channel subunit gene a1c (Cacna1c), Bax, and caspase-9 in the myocardium of VMC mice. MiR-1/133 also up-regulated the protein levels of Kv4.2 and Kir2.1, and down-regulated the expression of CaV1.2 in the myocardium of VMC mice.

Conclusions: MiR-1 and miR-133 decreased cardiomyocyte apoptosis by mediating the expression of apoptosis-related genes in the hearts of VMC mice.

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