Myocardial knockdown of mRNA-stabilizing protein HuR attenuates post-MI inflammatory response and left ventricular dysfunction in IL-10-null mice

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  • Prolonged inflammatory response is associated with left ventricular (LV) dysfunction and adverse remodeling following myocardial infarction (MI). IL-10 inhibits inflammation by suppressing HuR-mediated mRNA stabilization of proinflammatory cytokines. Here we report that following MI, IL-10-/- mice showed exaggerated LV dysfunction, fibrosis, and cardiomyocyte apoptosis. Short-hairpin RNA (shRNA)-mediated knockdown of HuR in the myocardium significantly reversed MI-induced LV dysfunctions and LV remodeling. HuR knockdown significantly reduced MI-induced cardiomyocyte apoptosis concomitant with reduced p53 expression. Moreover, HuR knockdown significantly reduced infarct size and fibrosis area, which in turn was associated with decreased TGF-β expression. In vitro, stable knockdown of HuR in mouse macrophage cell line RAW 264.7 corroborated in vivo data and revealed reduced mRNA expression of TNF-α, TGF-β, and p53 following LPS challenge, which was associated with a marked reduction in the mRNA stability of these genes. Taken together, our studies suggest that HuR is a direct target of IL-10, and HuR knockdown mimics anti-inflammatory effects of IL-10. © FASEB.
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  • Krishnamurthy P; Lambers E; Verma S; Thorne T; Qin G; Losordo DW; Kishore R
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  • 2484
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  • 24
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  • 7