Cardiovascular therapeutics

miR-30c Mediates Upregulation of Cdc42 and Pak1 in Diabetic Cardiomyopathy.

PMID 25781190


Cardiac hypertrophy and myocardial fibrosis significantly contribute to the pathogenesis of diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM). Altered expression of several genes and their regulation by microRNAs has been reported in hypertrophied failing hearts. This study aims to examine the role of Cdc42, Pak1, and miR-30c in the pathogenesis of cardiac hypertrophy in DCM. DCM was induced in Wistar rats by low-dose streptozotocin-high-fat diet for 12 weeks. Cardiac expression of Cdc42, Pak1 and miR-30c, and hypertrophy markers (ANP and β-MHC) was studied in DCM vs control rats and in high-glucose (HG)-treated H9c2 cardiomyocytes. Diabetic rats showed cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, increased heart-to-body weight ratio, and an increased expression of ANP and β-MHC. Cardiac expression of Cdc42 and Pak1 genes was increased in diabetic hearts and in HG-treated cardiomyocytes. miR-30c was identified to target Cdc42 and Pak1 genes, and cardiac miR-30c expression was found to be decreased in DCM rats, patients with DCM, and in HG-treated cardiomyocytes. miR-30c overexpression decreased Cdc42 and Pak1 genes and attenuated HG-induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, whereas miR-30c inhibition increased Cdc42 and Pak1 gene expression and myocyte hypertrophy in HG-treated cardiomyocytes. Downregulation of miR-30c mediates prohypertrophic effects of hyperglycemia in DCM by upregulation of Cdc42 and Pak1 genes.