Stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1 or CXCL12) is a cytokine secreted by cells including bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs). SDF-1 plays a vital role in BMSC migration, survival, and differentiation. Our group previously reported the role of SDF-1 in osteogenic differentiation in vitro and bone formation in vivo; however, our understanding of the post-transcriptional regulatory mechanism of SDF-1 remains poor. MicroRNAs are small noncoding RNAs that post-transcriptionally regulate the messenger RNAs (mRNAs) of protein-coding genes. In this study, we aimed to investigate the impact of miR-141-3p on SDF-1 expression in BMSCs and its importance in the aging bone marrow (BM) microenvironment. Our data demonstrated that murine and human BMSCs expressed miR-141-3p that repressed SDF-1 gene expression at the functional level (luciferase reporter assay) by targeting the 3′-untranslated region of mRNA. We also found that transfection of miR-141-3p decreased osteogenic markers in human BMSCs. Our results demonstrate that miR-141-3p expression increases with age, while SDF-1 decreases in both the human and mouse BM niche. Taken together, these results support that miR-141-3p is a novel regulator of SDF-1 in bone cells and plays an important role in the age-dependent pathophysiology of murine and human BM niche.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences|
|State||Published - Aug 16 2019|
- Bone marrow stromal cells
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology