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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17(12), 2047;

miR-429 Inhibits Differentiation and Promotes Proliferation in Porcine Preadipocytes

Laboratory of Animal Fat Deposition & Muscle Development, College of Animal Science and Technology, Northwest A&F University, Xianyang 712100, China
School of Life Sciences, Southwest Forestry University, Kunming 650224, China
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Academic Editor: Constantinos Stathopoulos
Received: 29 October 2016 / Revised: 24 November 2016 / Accepted: 29 November 2016 / Published: 7 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Biochemistry)
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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are crucial regulatory molecules for adipogenesis. They contribute to the controlling of proliferation and differentiation of preadipocytes. Previous studies revealed an important role of miR-429 in cell invasion, migration, and apoptosis. Our previous work has shown that the expression of miR-429 in subcutaneous fat can be observed in newly born (3-day-old) Rongchang piglets rather than their adult counterparts (180-day-old). This expression pattern suggests that miR-429 might be functionally related to postnatal adipogenesis. However, we currently lack a mechanistic understanding of miR-429 within the context of preadipocyte differentiation. In this study, we investigated the function of miR-429 in porcine subcutaneous and intramuscular preadipocyte proliferation and differentiation. In our porcine preadipocyte differentiation model, miR-429 expression decreased remarkably upon adipogenic induction. Overexpression of miR-429 notably down-regulated the expression of adipogenic marker genes: PPARγ, aP2, FAS and impaired the triglyceride accumulation, while the expression of lipolytic gene ATGL was not affected. In addition, we observed that miR-429 significantly promoted the proliferation of porcine preadipocytes. We also found that miR-429 could directly bind to the 3′-UTRs of KLF9 and p27, which have been well documented to promote preadipocyte differentiation and repress cell cycle progression. Taken together, our data support a novel role of miR-429 in regulating porcine preadipocyte differentiation and proliferation, and KLF9 and p27 are potent targets of miR-429 during these processes. View Full-Text
Keywords: miR-429; proliferation; differentiation; porcine subcutaneous preadipocytes; porcine intramuscular preadipocytes; KLF9; p27 miR-429; proliferation; differentiation; porcine subcutaneous preadipocytes; porcine intramuscular preadipocytes; KLF9; p27

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Peng, Y.; Chen, F.-F.; Ge, J.; Zhu, J.-Y.; Shi, X.-E.; Li, X.; Yu, T.-Y.; Chu, G.-Y.; Yang, G.-S. miR-429 Inhibits Differentiation and Promotes Proliferation in Porcine Preadipocytes. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17, 2047.

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