Turkish Journal of Gastroenterology
Original Article

hsa-miR-34a-5p Ameliorates Hepatic Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury Via Targeting HNF4α


Department of General Surgery, Shangrao Municipal Hospital, Shangrao, Jiangxi Province, China


Department of General Surgery, Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China


Department of Urology Surgery, Pingxiang Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Pingxiang, Jiangxi Province, China


Department of Ultrasound, The Affiliated Hospital of Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, China

Turk J Gastroenterol 2022; 33: 596-605
DOI: 10.5152/tjg.2022.21169
Read: 1285 Downloads: 317 Published: 01 July 2022

Background: To investigate the relationship between the expression level of hsa-miR-34a-5p and liver injury and to further explore its regulatory signaling pathways

Methods: Liver tissue and blood were collected from 60 patients undergoing hepatectomy. We constructed a rat HIRI model and treated it with an intraperitoneal injection of agomir-miR-34a-5p or agomir-normal control (NC) for 7 days after the surgery. The pathological changes of agomir-miR-34a-5p or agomir-normal control (NC) groups were compared. 7702 and AML12 cells were transfected with mimics NC or miR-34a-5p mimics and then treated with H2O2 for 6 hours. Cell apoptosis was detected by flow cytometry, Western blot, and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling, respectively. Furthermore, the target genes of miR- 34a-5p were identified by luciferase reporter gene assay and were verified in vitro.

Results: The relatively high miR-34a-5p expression group revealed a lower level of alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotrans- ferase compared with the relatively low miR-34a-5p expression group. HIRI+agomir-miR-34a-5p rats exhibited significantly higher miR-34a-5p expression, lower serum alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, alleviated hepatic necrosis, reduced hepa- tocyte apoptosis, and decreased expression of apoptosis-related proteins, when compared with HIRI+agomir-NC rats (P < .05). After hydrogen peroxide treatment, alpha mouse liver-12 cell (AML-12) and normal liver cell line LO2 (LO2) cells transfected with miR-34a-5p mimics had significantly lower apoptosis rate compared with miR-34a-5p mimics NC group (P < .05). Hepatocyte nuclear factor 4α was identified as a miR-34a-5p target gene. Hepatocyte nuclear factor 4α expression was significantly downregulated in AML12 and HL-7702 (7702) cells transfected with miR-34a-5p (P < .05). Moreover, AML12 and 7702 cells transfected with miR-34a-5p signifi- cantly showed higher c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), P38, cleavage cas-3, and BCL2 associated X (Bax) protein levels compared with AML12 and 7702 cells transfected with agomir-NC.

Conclusion: miR-34a-5p possibly protected the liver from I/R injury through downregulating Hepatocyte nuclear factor 4α to inhibit the JNK/P38 signaling pathway.

Cite this article as: Zheng X, Wang G, Yuan J, et al. hsa-miR-34a-5p ameliorates hepatic ischemia/reperfusion injury via targeting HNF4α. Turk J Gastroenterol. 2022;33(7):596-605.

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