Endoplasmic reticulum stress enhances fibrosis through IRE1α-mediated degradation of miR-150 and XBP-1 splicing
2016 (English)In: EMBO Molecular Medicine, ISSN 1757-4676, E-ISSN 1757-4684, ISSN 1757-4676Article in journal (Refereed) Published
ER stress results in activation of the unfolded protein response and has been implicated in the development of fibrotic diseases. In this study, we show that inhibition of the ER stress-induced IRE1α signaling pathway, using the inhibitor 4μ8C, blocks TGFβ-induced activation of myofibroblasts in vitro, reduces liver and skin fibrosis in vivo, and reverts the fibrotic phenotype of activated myofibroblasts isolated from patients with systemic sclerosis. By using IRE1α(-/-) fibroblasts and expression of IRE1α-mutant proteins lacking endoribonuclease activity, we confirmed that IRE1α plays an important role during myofibroblast activation. IRE1α was shown to cleave miR-150 and thereby to release the suppressive effect that miR-150 exerted on αSMA expression through c-Myb. Inhibition of IRE1α was also demonstrated to block ER expansion through an XBP-1-dependent pathway. Taken together, our results suggest that ER stress could be an important and conserved mechanism in the pathogenesis of fibrosis and that components of the ER stress pathway may be therapeutically relevant for treating patients with fibrotic diseases.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
endoplasmic reticulum stress; fibrosis; liver cirrhosis; myofibroblast; scleroderma
Cell and Molecular Biology
Research subject Molecular Medicine
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-300695DOI: 10.15252/emmm.201505925OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-300695DiVA: diva2:951991
FunderSwedish Cancer Society
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