Abstract: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are non-coding small RNAs that play roles in regulating gene expression. Some miRNAs have been classed as epigenetic regulators of metabolism and energy homeostasis. Previous reports indicated that the miRNAs miR-27a and miR-143 were involved in lipid metabolism in human and rodents. To determine the roles of porcine miR-27a and miR-143 in adipocyte lipid metabolism, porcine adipocytes were cultured and allowed to induce differentiation for 10 days. The lipid-filled adipocytes were then transfected with miRNA mimics and inhibitors. We measured how the indicators of adipogenesis and adipolysis in porcine adipocytes were affected by the over-expression and by the inhibition of both miR-27a and miR-143. The results indicated that the over-expression of miR-27a could accelerate adipolysis releasing significantly more glycerol and free fatty acids than the negative control (P < 0.001), while the mimic of miR-143 expression, promoted adipogenesis by accumulating more triglycerides (P < 0.001) in the adipocytes. In addition, we demonstrated that there was good correlation (r > 0.98, P < 0.001) between the indicators of adipolysis in cell lysates and in the culture medium.
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Wang, T.; Li, M.; Guan, J.; Li, P.; Wang, H.; Guo, Y.; Shuai, S.; Li, X. MicroRNAs miR-27a and miR-143 Regulate Porcine Adipocyte Lipid Metabolism. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2011, 12, 7950-7959.
Wang T, Li M, Guan J, Li P, Wang H, Guo Y, Shuai S, Li X. MicroRNAs miR-27a and miR-143 Regulate Porcine Adipocyte Lipid Metabolism. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2011; 12(11):7950-7959.
Wang, Tao; Li, Mingzhou; Guan, Jiuqiang; Li, Penghao; Wang, Huiyu; Guo, Yanqin; Shuai, Surong; Li, Xuewei. 2011. "MicroRNAs miR-27a and miR-143 Regulate Porcine Adipocyte Lipid Metabolism." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 12, no. 11: 7950-7959.