MicroRNA-214 protects the mouse heart from ischemic injury by controlling Ca 2+ overload and cell death

Arin B Aurora, Ahmed I. Mahmoud, Xiang Luo, Brett A. Johnson, Eva Van Rooij, Satoshi Matsuzaki, Kenneth M. Humphries, Joseph A Hill, Rhonda S Bassel-Duby, Hesham A Sadek, Eric N Olson

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Early reperfusion of ischemic cardiac tissue remains the most effective intervention for improving clinical outcome following myocardial infarction. However, abnormal increases in intracellular Ca 2+ during myocardial reperfusion can cause cardiomyocyte death and consequent loss of cardiac function, referred to as ischemia/ reperfusion (IR) injury. Therapeutic modulation of Ca 2+ handling provides some cardioprotection against the paradoxical effects of restoring blood flow to the heart, highlighting the significance of Ca 2+ overload to IR injury. Cardiac IR is also accompanied by dynamic changes in the expression of microRNAs (miRNAs); for example, miR-214 is upregulated during ischemic injury and heart failure, but its potential role in these processes is unknown. Here, we show that genetic deletion of miR-214 in mice causes loss of cardiac contractility, increased apoptosis, and excessive fibrosis in response to IR injury. The cardioprotective roles of miR-214 during IR injury were attributed to repression of the mRNA encoding sodium/calcium exchanger 1 (Ncx1), a key regulator of Ca 2+ influx; and to repression of several downstream effectors of Ca 2+ signaling that mediate cell death. These findings reveal a pivotal role for miR-214 as a regulator of cardiomyocyte Ca 2+ homeostasis and survival during cardiac injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1222-1232
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Investigation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2 2012

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