Abstract Title:

Berberine promotes ischemia-induced angiogenesis in mice heart via upregulation of microRNA-29b.

Abstract Source:

Clin Exp Hypertens. 2017 Jul 19:1-8. Epub 2017 Jul 19. PMID: 28722488

Abstract Author(s):

Mo-Li Zhu, Ya-Ling Yin, Song Ping, Hai-Ya Yu, Guang-Rui Wan, Xu Jian, Peng Li

Article Affiliation:

Mo-Li Zhu


BACKGROUND: Berberine has several preventive effects on cardiovascular diseases. Increased expression of miR-29b has been reported to attenuate cardiac remodeling after myocardial infarction (MI). We hypothesized that berberine via an miR-29b-dependent mechanism promotes angiogenesis and improves heart functions in mice after MI.

METHODS: The MI model was established in mice by ligation of left anterior descending coronary artery. The expression of miR-29b was examined by RT-qPCR. Angiogenesis was assessed by immunohistochemistry.

RESULTS: Berberine increased miR-29b expression and promoted cell proliferations and migrations in cultured endothelial cells, which were abolished by miR-29b antagomir or AMP-activated protein kinase inhibitor compound C. In mice following MI, administration of berberine significantly increased miR-29b expressional level, promoted angiogenesis, reduced infarct size, and improved heart functions after 14 postoperative days. Importantly, these in vivo effects of berberine were ablated by antagonism of miR-29b.

CONCLUSION: Berberine via upregulation of miR-29b promotes ischemia-induced angiogenesis and improves heart functions.

Study Type : Animal Study

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