Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity / 2021 / Article / Fig 6

Research Article

HIF-1α-Mediated miR-623 Regulates Apoptosis and Inflammatory Responses of Nucleus Pulposus Induced by Oxidative Stress via Targeting TXNIP

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miR-623 expression is regulated by HIF-1α under oxidative stress. (a) Western blot analysis of HIF-1α expression in normal and degenerated NP tissues. (b, c) Quantification analysis of HIF-1α and miR-623 expression in NP cells induced by TBHP with or without HIF-1α overexpression. (d) Western blot analyses of HIF-1α, BAX, BCL2, cleaved caspase-3, collagen II, and MMP13 in NP cells induced by TBHP with or without HIF-1α overexpression. (e) miR-623 promoter activity induced by HIF-1α overexpression. (f) The schematic of the WT and mutant miR-623 promoter constructs. (g) miR-623 promoter activity induced by HIF-1α with or without putative HIF-1α binding site mutation on the miR-623 promoter. (h) The schematic graph reflects the HIF-1α-miR-623-TXNIP pathway in NP cell apoptosis and inflammatory responses induced by oxidative stress. Normally, NP is an avascular tissue under a hypoxic environment and expresses a high level of HIF-1α. Under oxidative stress conditions, HIF-1α expression is dampened and results in decreased nuclear translocation to bind to the hypoxia-reactive element on the miR-623 promoter, leading to decreased miR-623 transcription. The dampened miR-623 expression alleviates the inhibited effect miR-623 on TXNIP expression by targeting to its 3-UTR, ultimately leading to increased apoptosis and inflammatory responses of NP cells and initiating the IVDD. . values were analyzed by two-tailed -tests in (e) and two-way ANOVA in (b, g).

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