Regulation of 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 by microRNA.

Rezaei, Mina; Andrieu, Thomas; Neuenschwander, Samuel; Bruggmann, Rémy; Mordasini, David; Frey, Felix J; Vogt, Bruno; Frey, Brigitte M. (2014). Regulation of 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 by microRNA. Hypertension, 64(4), pp. 860-866. American Heart Association 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.114.00002

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The enzyme 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (11β-HSD2) is selectively expressed in aldosterone target tissues, conferring aldosterone selectivity for the mineralocorticoid receptor. A diminished activity causes salt-sensitive hypertension. The mechanism of the variable and distinct 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 gene (HSD11B2) expression in the cortical collecting duct is poorly understood. Here, we analyzed for the first time whether the 11β-HSD2 expression is modulated by microRNAs (miRNAs). In silico analysis revealed 53 and 27 miRNAs with potential binding sites on human or rat HSD11B2 3'-untranslated region. A reporter assay demonstrated 3'-untranslated region-dependent regulation of human and rodent HSD11B2. miRNAs were profiled from cortical collecting ducts and proximal convoluted tubules. Bioinformatic analyses showed a distinct clustering for cortical collecting ducts and proximal convoluted tubules with 53 of 375 miRNAs, where 13 were predicted to bind to the rat HSD11B2 3'-untranslated region. To gain insight into potentially relevant miRNAs in vivo, we investigated 2 models with differential 11β-HSD2 activity linked with salt-sensitive hypertension. (1) Comparing Sprague-Dawley with low and Wistar rats with high 11β-HSD2 activity revealed rno-miR-20a-5p, rno-miR-19b-3p, and rno-miR-190a-5p to be differentially expressed. (2) Uninephrectomy lowered 11β-HSD2 activity in the residual kidney with differentially expressed rno-miR-19b-3p, rno-miR-29b-3p, and rno-miR-26-5p. In conclusion, miRNA-dependent mechanisms seem to modulate 11β-HSD2 dosage in health and disease states.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > Unit Childrens Hospital > Forschungsgruppe Nephrologie / Hypertonie
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Dermatology, Urology, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Osteoporosis (DURN) > Clinic of Nephrology and Hypertension

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Rezaei, Mina; Andrieu, Thomas; Neuenschwander, Samuel; Bruggmann, Rémy; Mordasini, David; Vogt, Bruno and Frey, Brigitte


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




American Heart Association




Brigitte Frey

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31 Dec 2019 08:23

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31 Dec 2019 08:26

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hypertension kidney microRNAs mineralocorticoids




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