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Cooperative and Independent Functions of the miR-23a~27a~24-2 Cluster in Bovine Adipocyte Adipogenesis

  • Wang, Yaning
  • Zhang, Yingying
  • Su, Xiaotong
  • Wang, Hongbao
  • Yang, Wucai
  • Zan, Linsen
Publication Date
Dec 09, 2018
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The miR-23a~27a~24-2 cluster is an important regulator in cell metabolism. However, the cooperative and independent functions of this cluster in bovine adipocyte adipogenesis have not been elucidated. In this study, we found that expression of the miR-23a~27a~24-2 cluster was induced during adipogenesis and this cluster acted as a negative regulator of adipogenesis. miR-27a and miR-24-2 were shown to inhibit adipogenesis by directly targeting glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase, mitochondrial (GPAM) and diacylglycerol O-acyltransferase 2 (DGAT2), both of which promoted adipogenesis. Meanwhile, miR-23a and miR-24-2 were shown to target decorin (DCN), glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD), and lipoprotein lipase (LPL), all of which repressed adipogenesis in this study. Thus, the miR-23a~27a~24-2 cluster exhibits a non-canonical regulatory role in bovine adipocyte adipogenesis. To determine how the miR-23a~27a~24-2 cluster inhibits adipogenesis while targeting anti-adipogenic genes, we identified another target gene, fibroblast growth factor 11 (FGF11), a positive regulator of adipogenesis, that was commonly targeted by the entire miR-23a~27a~24-2 cluster. Our findings suggest that the miR-23a~27a~24-2 cluster fine-tunes the regulation of adipogenesis by targeting two types of genes with pro- or anti-adipogenic effects. This balanced regulatory role of miR-23a~27a~24-2 cluster finally repressed adipogenesis.

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