PloS one

Functional study of miR-27a in human hepatic stellate cells by proteomic analysis: comprehensive view and a role in myogenic tans-differentiation.

PMID 25265485


We previous reported that miR-27a regulates lipid metabolism and cell proliferation during hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) activation. To further explore the biological function and underlying mechanisms of miR-27a in HSCs, global protein expression affected by overexpression of miR-27a in HSCs was analyzed by a cleavable isotope-coded affinity tags (cICAT) based comparative proteomic approach. In the present study, 1267 non-redundant proteins were identified with unique accession numbers (score ≥1.3, i.e. confidence ≥95%), among which 1171 were quantified and 149 proteins (12.72%) were differentially expressed with a differential expression ratio of 1.5. We found that up-regulated proteins by miR-27a mainly participate in cell proliferation and myogenesis, while down-regulated proteins were the key enzymes involved in de novo lipid synthesis. The expression of a group of six miR-27a regulated proteins was validated and the function of one miR-27a regulated protein was further validated. The results not only delineated the underlying mechanism of miR-27a in modulating fat metabolism and cell proliferation, but also revealed a novel role of miR-27a in promoting myogenic tans-differentiation during HSCs activation. This study also exemplified proteomics strategy as a powerful tool for the functional study of miRNA.