Biochimica et biophysica acta. Molecular basis of disease

CircSEMA4B targets miR-431 modulating IL-1β-induced degradative changes in nucleus pulposus cells in intervertebral disc degeneration via Wnt pathway.

PMID 30251693


Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration (IDD), characterized by elevated levels of proinflammatory mediators, increased Aggrecan and collagen degradation, and increased degradation of extracellular matrix (ECM), has been widely regarded as a significant contributor to low back pain. Genetics are significant factors contribute to IDD. Based on previous data, circular RNA SEMA4B (circSEMA4B) is down-regulated in IDD specimens; herein, we demonstrated circSEMA4B overexpression could attenuate the effect of IL-1β on nucleus pulposus cell (NPC) proliferation, senescence, and ECM and Aggrecan degradation in IDD via Wnt signaling. Moreover, miR-431, a direct target of circSEMA4B, could bind to the 3'UTR of SFRP1 or GSK-3β, two inhibitory regulators of Wnt signaling, to inhibit their expression thus playing a role similar to the activator of Wnt signaling in NPCs. The effect of circSEMA4B knockdown on NPCs was partially reversed by miR-431 inhibition; circSEMA4B serves as a miR-431 sponge to compete with SFRP1 or GSK-3β for miR-431 binding, thus inhibiting IL-1β-induced degenerative process in NPCs through Wnt signaling. Rescuing circSEMA4B expression in NPCs in IDD might present a potential strategy for IDD improvement.

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EHU137751 MISSION® esiRNA, esiRNA human SEMA4B (esiRNA1)