Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.508, No.2, 416-420, 2019
MiR-216a-5p protects 16HBE cells from H2O2-induced oxidative stress through targeting HMGB1/NF-kB pathway
Asthma is a complex, chronic inflammatory disorder of the bronchial tree, and can affect patients of all ages including children. High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) has been proved as a therapeutic target in children with asthma, and was predicted to be the target gene of microRNA-216a-5p (miR-216a-5p). The present study aimed to investigate the function of miR-216a-5p in asthma by creating a human bronchial epithelial cell (16HBE) injury model using H2O2. A significantly elevation of HMGB1 protein expression and a reduction of miR-216a-5p expression were observed in children with asthma as well as in H2O2 stimulated 16HBE cells. Dual luciferase reporter assays confirmed the target reaction between HMGB1 and miR-216a-5p. MiR-216a-5p repressed HMGB1 protein expression in H2O2 induced 16HBE cells. Moreover, miR-216a-5p inhibited H2O2 induced cell injury by elevating cell proliferation and decreasing cell apoptosis in 16HBE cells. Furthermore, miR-216a-5p repressed NF-kB pathway activation in H2O2 induced 16HBE cells. In conclusion, these results suggested that miR-216a-5p functions as a negative regulator of H2O2 induced 16HBE cell injury through targeting HMGB1/NF-kB pathway, provided a potential therapeutic target for asthma. (C) 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.