Journal of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system : JRAAS

Role of MiR-30a in cardiomyocyte autophagy induced by Angiotensin II.

PMID 25501305


The aim of this study was to investigate whether MiR-30a regulates autophagy by regulating the Beclin-1 protein, which is the marker for autophagosomes during myocardial injury, when induced by angiotensin II (Ang II). We randomly assigned 20 rats into two equal groups: Control group and Ang II group. We detected the expression of MiR-30a by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), and we employed western blotting to detect the protein expression of Beclin-1. In this study, we found that Ang II induced cardiomyocyte autophagy, together with down-regulation of MiR-30a and upregulation of the Beclin-1 protein. We also found that the Beclin-1 protein is regulated by MiR-30a, by transferring a MiR-30a mimic or AMO-204 into the cardiomyocytes. These studies provided evidence that MiR-30a plays an important role in regulating autophagy through the Beclin-1 protein, during myocardial injury induced by Ang II.