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Assessment of the therapeutic potential of anti-miR 24 and anti-miR 34 in cardiac diseases

Chunli Li
Jue Li
Xiaojun Sun
Jin Huang
Chunyan Yao


Purpose: To study the therapeutic effects of anti-miR-24 and anti-miR-34 in cardiac diseases
Methods: H9c2 rat cardiomyocyte cell lines were transfected with the synthetic oligonucleotides antimiR-24 and anti-miR-34 which reduced the expressions of miR-24 and miR-34. Proliferation assay, real time-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and immunoblotting were carried out to determine the effect of the transfections on cardiomyocyte proliferation, expressions of miR-24 and miR-34, as well as expressions of the target genes, TGF-β1 and E2F3.
Results: The proliferation ability of the transfected cells was decreased significantly, relative to negative control. In contrast, percentage apoptosis was higher in the negative control group than in transfected cells. The expression profiles of anti-miR-24 and anti-miR-34 were significantly reduced, when compared to negative control. These results were further confirmed using immunoblot which revealed that the expression of the target genes, TGF-β1 and E2F3, were upregulated in the transfected cells.
Conclusion: These results suggest that the synthetic oligonucleotides (anti-miR-24 and anti-miR-34) might be useful in developing therapeutic drug targets for cardiac diseases by suppressing the expressions of miR-24 and miR-34.

Keywords: H9c2rat cardiomyocyte miRNA, Anti-miR-24, Anti-miR-34, Cardiac diseases