|Year : 2015 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 314-320
MicroRNA-9 promotes the neuronal differentiation of rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells by activating autophagy
Guang-yu Zhang1, Jun Wang1, Yan-jie Jia2, Rui Han3, Ping Li1, Deng-na Zhu1
1 Rehabilitation and Treatment Center for Children with Cerebral Palsy of Henan Province, the Third Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China
2 Department of Neurology, the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China
3 Department of Pediatrics, the Third Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China
|Date of Acceptance||25-Aug-2014|
|Date of Web Publication||18-Mar-2015|
M.D. Deng-na Zhu
Rehabilitation and Treatment Center for Children with Cerebral Palsy of Henan Province, the Third Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, Henan Province
Source of Support: This study was supported by a grant from the Science and Technology Bureau of Zhengzhou City in China, No. 121PPTGG507-11 and the National Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 81071114, 81371385., Conflict of Interest: None
MicroRNA-9 (miR-9) has been shown to promote the differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells into neuronal cells, but the precise mechanism is unclear. Our previous study confirmed that increased autophagic activity improved the efficiency of neuronal differentiation in bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells. Accumulating evidence reveals that miRNAs adjust the autophagic pathways. This study used miR-9-1 lentiviral vector and miR-9-1 inhibitor to modulate the expression level of miR-9. Autophagic activity and neuronal differentiation were measured by the number of light chain-3 (LC3)-positive dots, the ratio of LC3-II/LC3, and the expression levels of the neuronal markers enolase and microtubule-associated protein 2. Results showed that LC3-positive dots, the ratio of LC3-II/LC3, and expression of neuron specific enolase and microtubule-associated protein 2 increased in the miR-9 + group. The above results suggest that autophagic activity increased and bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells were prone to differentiate into neuronal cells when miR-9 was overexpressed, demonstrating that miR-9 can promote neuronal differentiation by increasing autophagic activity.
Keywords: nerve regeneration, microRNA-9; bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells; differentiation; neuron-like cells; autophagy; neuron specific enolase; microtubule-associated protein; LC3; neural regeneration
|How to cite this article:|
Zhang Gy, Wang J, Jia Yj, Han R, Li P, Zhu Dn. MicroRNA-9 promotes the neuronal differentiation of rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells by activating autophagy. Neural Regen Res 2015;10:314-20
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Zhang Gy, Wang J, Jia Yj, Han R, Li P, Zhu Dn. MicroRNA-9 promotes the neuronal differentiation of rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells by activating autophagy. Neural Regen Res [serial online] 2015 [cited 2021 May 10];10:314-20. Available from: http://www.nrronline.org/text.asp?2015/10/2/314/143439
Author contributions: GYZ completed the experiments and wrote the manuscript. DNZ provided research ideas and research design. JW, YJJ, RH and PL guided the study and they were responsible for data analysis and participated in the study. All authors approved the final version of the paper.
| Introduction|| |
Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells are multipotent stem cells, and can differentiate into many cell types, such as osteocytes, chondrocytes, adiocytes, and neural cells (Bianco et al., 2008). Neuronal cell differentiation from bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells may be a promising treatment choice for nervous system disorders, including neurodegenerative diseases and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. The precise mechanism underlying neuronal differentiation, however, remains poorly understood (Cho et al., 2005; Lee et al., 2010). MicroRNAs are small endogenous single-stranded RNA, and at the transcriptional level can regulate gene expression (Elramah et al., 2014). In mouse cortical neurons, microRNA-9 (miR-9) controls axon development through modulating Map1b expression (Dajas-Bailador et al., 2012). MiR-9 exerts a critical effect on the differentiation of neural progenitor cells through suppressing the expression of monocyte chemotactic protein-induced protein 1 and subsequent downstream activation of nuclear factor-kappa B and cyclic adenosine monophosphate response element-binding protein pathways (Yang et al., 2013). Studies have confirmed that miR-9 expression is very abundant in brain tissue, and promotes neural stem cell differentiation through suppressing Hes-1 gene expression (Tan et al., 2012). Our previous study found that miR-9 contributed to the neuronal differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells, but the underlying mechanism is not clear (Han et al., 2012).
Autophagy is the self-degradation process of cellular contents, in which proteins and organelles are enclosed in autophagosomes and degraded upon fusing with lysosomal components, by which cells produce small molecular substances for the synthesis of macromolecules or adenosine 5′-triphosphate generation (Ryter et al., 2014). Autophagy can be induced by starvation and other stresses to act as a recycling system which is essential for cellular homeostasis and renovation (Ahn et al., 2014). Meanwhile, accumulating evidence has shown that autophagy has critical roles in stem cell differentiation (Vessoni et al., 2012). Autophagy is reported to interact with crucial developmental pathways, such as Wnt, transforming growth factor-β and fibroblast growth factor. This suggests that autophagy possibly regulates cell fate decisions, such as differentiation and proliferation (Zhang et al., 2012; Petherick et al., 2013; Ding et al., 2014). When autophagic activity increased, efficiency of neuronal differentiation improved (Zhang et al., 2013). MicroRNAs regulate autophagic activity via modulating autophagy-related genes (Atgs) and their regulators (Zhu et al., 2009; Jian et al., 2011; Wan et al., 2014), but it remains unclear whether miR-9 regulates autophagic activity during bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell differentiation. Therefore, this study sought to explore the changes in autophagic activity and neuronal differentiation efficiency at different expression levels of miR-9, and to investigate the mechanism of miR-9 in the promotion of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell differentiation into neurons.
| Materials and Methods|| |
A total of 10 Wistar rats, of either gender, aged 6-8 weeks and weighing 150-200 g, were purchased from the Experimental Animal Center of Henan Province, China (License No. SCXK (Yu) 2005-0001). Experimental procedures were approved by the Animal Ethics Committee of Zhengzhou University, China.
The femur and tibia from both hindlimbs were dissected from rats, and the marrow cavity was exposed by cutting the end of each bone. Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium (DMEM; Invitrogen, Carlsbad, CA, USA) was used to flush the bones. Cells were maintained in a complete medium consisting of DMEM and 10% fetal bovine serum (Invitrogen). Twenty-four hours later, the complete culture medium was replaced and the adherent cells were seen on the wall of the flask. From then on, the complete culture medium was replaced every 3-4 days. When cells were 70-80% confluent, 0.25% trypsin containing 0.04% ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (Invitrogen) was used to detach the cells from the wall of the flask. The cells were suspended and reseeded continuously. Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells were gradually purified with subculture, and passage 4 bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells have been shown to produce pure cultures (Jia et al., 2009). We therefore selected passage 5 bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells for our study.
Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells were divided into four groups: miR-9 + group (transfected with MiR-9-1-LV), untransfected group, miR-9− group (transfected with anti-mmu-miR-9-1 inhibitor), and the negative control group (transfection reagent was added without miRNA inhibitor).
Cells were cultured in 24-well plates. Each group contained six wells, and 5 × 10 4 cells were added into each well. The experiment was repeated in triplicate.
MiR-9-1 lentiviral vector transfection
Before transfection, bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells were digested and suspended, and 5 × 10 4 cells were added into each well of the 24-well plates. Forty-eight hours later, miR-9-1 lentiviral vector (Genechem, Shanghai, China) was added into the wells, and the multiplicity of infection was 30. Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells were then cultured for 24-96 hours (Han et al., 2012). The fluorescence expression was monitored with an inverted fluorescent microscope (Leica, Solms, Germany) to assess transfection efficiency.
Anti-mmu-miR-9-1 inhibitor transfection
In accordance with the instructions for the Anti-mmu-miR-9-1 inhibitor labeled with AlexaFluor 488 (Qiagen, Frankfurt, Germany), when bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell confluence reached 50-70%, 1.5 μL miRNA inhibitor was diluted in 100 μL culture medium without serum. HiPerFect transfection reagent (3 μL; Qiagen) was added to the diluted miRNA inhibitor and mixed by vortexing. The complexes were incubated for 8 minutes at room temperature, and were then added onto the cells to a final miRNA inhibitor concentration of 50 nM. Cells were incubated with transfection complexes for 48-72 hours under normal growth conditions (Han et al., 2012).
Neuronal differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells in vitro
At 72 hours after transfection, according to Woodbury's method (Woodbury et al., 2000), when bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells grew to 50-70% confluence, the complete culture medium was replaced by pre-induction medium, supplemented with 1 mM β-mercaptoethanol (Amresco, Solon, OH, USA), 10% fetal bovine serum (Invitrogen) and DMEM (Invitrogen). Twenty-four hours later, the pre-induction medium was replaced by induction medium consisting of DMEM (Invitrogen) and 10 mM β-mercaptoethanol (Invitrogen). Cells were maintained in the induction medium for 6 days. The morphological alterations in bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells were observed using an inverted microscope (Leica) during the induction process.
3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay
Cell viability was assessed by MTT (Beyotime, Shanghai, China) assay. MTT assay was performed at 0, 24, 48, and 72 hours after transfection. Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells were seeded in 96-well plates at a density of 1 × 10 4 cells/well (100 μL/well). Then 20 μL MTT (5 mg/mL) was added in each well, and maintained for 4 hours. The medium was removed, and 200 μL dimethyl sulfoxide (Dingguo, Beijing, China) was added in each well, followed by 10 minutes of oscillation. Optical density at 490 nm was measured using an enzyme linked immunosorbent assay. Cell survival rates were calculated by the ratio of absorbance between the transfection group and the untransfected group.
Real-time PCR for detection of miR-9 expression
Total RNA was extracted from cells using the miRcute miRNA isolation Kit (Tiangen, Beijing, China) at 72 hours after transfection. MiR-9-1 and internal reference 5s sequences (Ribobio, Guangzhou, China) are shown in [Table 1]. MiRNA Reverse Transcription system (Promega, Beijing, China) was used for the reverse transcription of miRNA to cDNA. Gotaq qPCR Master Mix (Promega) was used to subject cDNA to quantitative real-time PCR. Relative miR-9 expression (2−ΔΔCt) was quantified according to the previous method (Li et al., 2013), and compared among different groups.
At 6 days after induction, cells were washed three times with PBS (Dingguo), fixed in 100% methanol for 10 minutes at −20°C and then blocked by immunostaining blocking buffer (Beyotime) for 1 hour. Cells were then incubated with primary antibodies including rabbit anti-neuron specific enolase (1:100; Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Santa Cruz, CA, USA), rabbit anti-microtubule-associated protein 2 (1:100; Santa Cruz Biotechnology), and rabbit anti-microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain-3B (LC3B; 1:100; Cell Signaling, Boston, MA, USA) polyclonal antibodies overnight at 4°C. Subsequently, cells were washed three times with PBS, incubated in Cy3-labeled goat anti-rabbit IgG (Santa Cruz Biotechnology) at room temperature for 2 hours, and then visualized with a fluorescent microscope (Leica) and a confocal microscope (Zeiss, Oberkochen, Germany). Twelve fields of each well were randomly selected at a magnification of 400× under the light microscope (Leica), and the total number of the cells was counted. The numbers of positive cells were counted under a fluorescent microscope (Leica) in the same field, and the percentage of positive cells was calculated using the ratio of positive cells in the total cells.
Western blot assay
At 6 days after induction, cells were washed three times with PBS, and treated with cell lysis buffer (Beyotime). Cell lysate (20 μL) was loaded onto sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel, and electro-transferred to polyvinylidene fluoride membrane (Merck Millipore, Darmstadt, Germany). The membrane was blocked by blocking buffer (Cwbio, Beijing, China) at room temperature for 2 hours, and incubated with the primary antibodies: rabbit anti-LC3B (1:1,000; Cell Signaling), rabbit anti-neuron specific enolase (1:1,000; Santa Cruz Biotechnology), rabbit anti-microtubule-associated protein 2 (1:1,000; Santa Cruz Biotechnology), and rabbit anti-β-actin (1:1,000; Santa Cruz Biotechnology) polyclonal antibodies overnight at 4°C. The membrane was then incubated with bovine anti-rabbit IgG, horseradish peroxidase-linked antibody (1:2,000; Santa Cruz Biotechnology) for 2 hours at room temperature, with enhanced chemiluminescence reagents (Santa Cruz Biotechnology) for 1 minute, followed by exposing the membrane to X-ray film (Dingguo). Gray scale densitometric scanning of the protein bands was performed with ImageJ 1.42q software (National Institutes of Health, Washington, DC, USA). The relative expression of target proteins was expressed as a ratio of grey values, which was the gray value ratio of target proteins and β-actin (Santa Cruz Biotechnology).
All data were analyzed by using SPSS 17.0 software (SPSS, Chicago, IL, USA) and reported as the mean ± SD. One-way analysis of variance was used for the multiple comparisons, and least significant difference test was applied for paired comparison. A value of P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant.
| Results|| |
MiR-9 promoted the differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells into neurons
Gain- and loss-of-function strategies were adopted to determine the effects of miR-9 on neuronal differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells. Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells were transfected with miR-9 lentiviral vector to investigate if miR-9 gain-of-function promotes neuronal differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells. This study also transfected anti-mmu-miR-9-1 inhibitors into bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells to construct loss-of-function. At 24 hours after transfection, green fluorescence was seen in miR-9 + group and miR-9− group under a fluorescent microscope. The strongest fluorescence was seen at 72 hours after transfection in both the miR-9 + and miR-9− groups [Figure 1]A. Real-time PCR results showed that the relative expression of miR-9 was higher in the miR-9 + group than in the other groups (P < 0.05; [Figure 1]B. There were similar expression levels in miR-9 between the untransfected group and the negative control group. MTT assay results showed that cell survival rates decreased at 24 hours after transfection, and survival rates improved at 48 and 72 hours [Figure 1]C.
|Figure 1: MiR-9-1 lentiviral vector and miR-9-1 inhibitor transfection.|
(A1-4) Green fluorescence was strongest at 72 hours after transfection with miR-9-1 lentiviral vector or miR-9-1 inhibitor (inverted fluorescent microscope; scale bars: 250 μm). Green signal in the miR-9+ group indicates green fluorescent protein (GFP) and the green staining in the miR-9+ group indicates AlexaFluor 488 staining. Arrows show GFP-positive and AlexaFluor 488-positive BMSCs. (B) Real time-PCR showed that the relative expression (2− ΔΔ Ct) of miR-9 in the miR-9+ group was greater than in the other groups (*P < 0.05). (C) MTT assay showed that the cell survival rates decreased at 24 hours after transfection in BMSCs compared with untransfected BMSCs (P < 0.05). Survival rates improved at 48 and 72 hours, but still remained lower than untransfected BMSCs (P < 0.05). Data are expressed as the mean ± SD. Intergroup comparison was performed using one-way analysis of variance followed by the least significant difference test. I: Before transfection; II: 24 hours after transfection; III: 48 hours after transfection; IV: 72 hours after transfection; Blank: untransfected group; NC: negative control group; miR-9: microRNA-9; MTT: 3-(4,5-dimethylthizol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide; BMSCs: bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells.
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Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells were induced by β-mercaptoethanol for 6 days. The morphology of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells constricted and emitted cellular processes at 24 hours. The majority of cells became typically neuron-like at 6 days after induction [Figure 2]A.
|Figure 2: Expression of neuronal markers MAP-2 and NSE in differentiated BMSCs.|
(A1-8) Immunofluorescence staining of MAP-2 and NSE in differentiated BMSCs (inverted fluorescent microscope; scale bars: 250 μm). Red indicates Cy3 staining. Arrows show MAP-2- and NSE-positive neuronal cells. (B) Western blot assay for detecting the expression of NSE and MAP-2 in differentiated BMSCs. (C) The percentages of NSE- and MAP-2-positive cells in the miR-9+ group were significantly higher than in other groups at 400× magnification (*P < 0.05). No difference was detected between the blank group and the NC group. (D) Protein expression of neuronal markers. *P < 0.05, vs. other groups. Data are expressed as gray value ratio of target protein to β-actin (mean ± SD). Intergroup comparison was performed using one-way analysis of variance followed by the least significant difference test. NSE: Neuron specific enolase; MAP-2: microtubule-associated protein 2; miR-9: microRNA-9; BMSCs: bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells; Blank: untransfected group; NC: negative control group.
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To investigate neurogenesis, immunofluorescence and western blot assay were applied to analyze the expression of neuron specific enolase and microtubule-associated protein 2 after induction. The percentage of neuron specific enolase- and microtubule-associated protein 2-positive cells in the miR-9 + group was greater than the other groups (P < 0.05; [Figure 2]A, C), and there was a similar percentage of neuron specific enolase- and microtubule-associated protein 2-positive cells between the untransfected group and the negative control group [Figure 2]A, C. Western blot assay results revealed that the expression of neuron specific enolase and microtubule-associated protein 2 in the miR-9 + group was highest compared with the other groups (P < 0.05; [Figure 2]B, D). The expression levels of neuron specific enolase and microtubule-associated protein 2 in the untransfected group were similar to the negative control group [Figure 2]B, D. These data confirmed that miR-9 could promote the differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells into neurons.
Autophagy is regulated by miR-9 in neuronal differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells
LC3 is a widely accepted marker of autophagy. During the induction of autophagy, the cytosolic form of LC3 (LC3-I) is conjugated with phosphatidylethanolamine and becomes LC3-II (Zeng and Zhou, 2008). The degree of autophagosome formation can be measured using the LC3-II/LC3-I ratio or the expression level of LC3-II, and LC3-positive dots are also a good marker of autophagosome formation (Mizushima and Yoshimori, 2007). Immunofluorescence staining exhibited more LC3-positive dots in the miR-9 + group than the other groups (P < 0.05; [Figure 3]A, C). The untransfected and negative control groups had similar numbers of LC3-positive dots [Figure 3]A, C. The results of the western blot assay showed that expression of LC3-II and the LC3-II/LC3-I ratio was higher in miR-9 + group than in the other groups, and the lowest expression level of LC3-II and LC3-II/LC3-I ratio were shown in the miR-9− group (P < 0.05; [Figure 3]B, D). There were similar ratios of LC3-II/LC3-I between the untransfected and negative control groups [Figure 3]B, D. The above results suggested that autophagy might be regulated by miR-9 during the neuronal differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells.
|Figure 3: Expression of autophagic marker LC3 in differentiated BMSCs.|
(A1-4, C) Immunofluorescence staining of LC3 in differentiated BMSCs (confocal microscope; scale bar: 20 μm). Red indicates Cy3 staining and blue indicates 4?,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) staining. Arrows show LC3-positive dots. The number of LC3-positive dots in the miR-9+ group was greater than in other groups at 400× magnification (*P < 0.05). There were similar numbers of LC3-positive dots between the blank group and the NC group. (B) Western blot assay for the detection of the expression of LC3-I and LC3-II in differentiated BMSCs. (D) Quantification of LC3-II/LC3-I ratio. *P < 0.05, vs. other groups. Data are expressed as the mean ± SD. Intergroup comparison was performed using one-way analysis of variance followed by the least significant difference test. BMSCs: Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells; miR-9: microRNA-9; blank: untransfected group; NC: negative control group; LC3: light chain-3.
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| Discussion|| |
MicroRNAs have critical roles in stem cell maintenance, renewal and self-differentiation (Zhao et al., 2009). Nuclear receptor TLX is an essential regulator for neuronal stem cell self-renewal, and miR-9 promotes neuronal stem cell differentiation by suppressing TLX expression (Zhao et al., 2009). In the developing zebrafish brain, miR-9 directly suppresses antagonistic factor to control the time of neurogenesis (Coolen et al., 2012). Krichevsky et al. (2006) have found that miR-9 expression was highest in the fifth stage of embryonic development, which is the critical period of neuronal precursors differentiating into neurons and glial cells. The number of neurons generated from neuronal precursors was reduced by 29-31% when miR-9 was suppressed by chemical substances (Krichevsky et al., 2006). Recent studies also verified that miR-9 possibly plays an important role in bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell differentiation into neurons (Jing et al., 2011; Han et al., 2012). To investigate miR-9 effects on the neuronal differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells, miR-9-1 lentiviral vector and miR-9-1 inhibitor were utilized to regulate miR-9 expression. The expression of neuronal markers neuron specific enolase and microtubule-associated protein 2 increased when miR-9 was overexpressed, indicating that miR-9 contributed to the neuronal differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells, however, the exact mechanism was complex.
Autophagy is a non-selective degradation pathway, by which proteins and organelles are degraded, which is important for the maintenance of intracellular homeostasis (Mizushima et al., 2008). Meanwhile, there is increasing evidence indicating autophagy also plays crucial roles in differentiation. Zhao et al. (2010) found autophagy activity markedly increased after glioma stem/progenitor cells were induced by fetal calf serum to differentiate, and autophagy activator effectively promoted the differentiation of glioma stem/progenitor cells. Autophagy exerts a key effect on hypoxia-induced osteoclastogenesis in vitro. Autophagic activity increased when RAW264.7 cells differentiated into osteoclasts. The osteoclast differentiation of RAW264.7 cells was inhibited when autophagy was suppressed by 3-methyladenine (Zhao et al., 2012). Rapamycin is an activator of autophagy, can enhance neuronal differentiation of NG108-15 neuroblastoma cells, which suggested that autophagy promoted neuronal differentiation (Chin et al., 2010). Atg7, Becn1, Ambra1 and LC3 are important autophagy genes (Yu et al., 2004). A previous study demonstrated that the expression of the above autophagy genes increase during the initial period of neuronal differentiation at embryonic 15.5 in the mouse embryonic olfactory bulb. Additionally, autophagic flux was observed during the neuronal differentiation of olfactory bulb-derived stem/progenitor cells. 3-Methyladenine or wortmannin, inhibitors of autophagy, disrupt neurogenesis of olfactory bulb-derived stem/progenitor cells (Vázquez et al., 2012). New morphology and functions were generally seen in differentiated cells, involving significant morphological and structural changes, therefore requiring large amounts of adenosine 5′-triphosphate, breakdown and recycling of cellular components (Levine et al., 2004; Vessoni et al., 2012). Autophagy recycles cellular components for biosynthesis or adenosine 5′-triphosphate generation to meet demands, thus supporting differentiation (Michaeli and Galili, 2014). Accumulating evidence has recently revealed that miRNAs modulate autophagic activity at different autophagic stages. To examine whether miR-9 regulates autophagic activity during the neuronal differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells, immunofluorescence was applied to measure the number of LC3-positive dots and western blot assay was applied to measure the ratio of LC3-II/LC3-I. The results showed that the number of LC3-positive dots and the ratio of LC3-II/LC3-I was significantly higher in the miR-9 + group compared with the other groups after induction, which indicated that autophagy activity increased when miR-9 was overexpressed, and suggested that autophagy was regulated by miR-9. Our previous study confirmed that neuronal differentiation efficiency increased greatly when bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells were induced by β-mercaptoethanol and autophagy inducer, while neuronal differentiation efficiency decreased when bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells were induced by β-mercaptoethanol and autophagy inhibitor, which suggested that the increased autophagic activity promotes the differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells into neurons (Zhang et al., 2013). Taken together, the above-described results indicated that miR-9 might promote neuronal differentiation by increasing autophagic activity.
Though the study confirmed that miR-9 promoted neuronal differentiation by modulating autophagic activity, this study did not explore the downstream mechanism of this observation. Recent studies show that miRNAs modulate some Atgs and their regulators to regulate autophagic activity. MiR-216b inhibits the expression of Beclin-1 activity to suppress autophagy (Xu et al., 2014). LC3/Atg8 is one of ubiquitin-like proteins which are essential for the formation of autophagosomes. In this process, miR-183 and miR-204 suppress the activation of LC3-I and LC3-II to disrupt autophagosome formation (Abraham et al., 2011; Jian et al., 2011). In the pathogenesis of Crohn's disease, miR-106B and miR-93 are found to inhibit ATG16L1 expression and to reduce autophagic activity, which prevents removal of bacteria from epithelial cells (Lu et al., 2014). Mammalian target of rapamycin functions as a negative regulator of autophagy. Rheb directly interacts with mammalian target of rapamycin to increase its activity. By contrast, miR-155 inhibits Rheb expression to accelerate autophagic activity (Wang et al., 2013). Thus, the precise mechanisms underlying miR-9 modulating autophagic activity are complex, and need further study.
In conclusion, miR-9 can promote neuronal differentiation by modulating autophagic activity, and may help us to further investigate the mechanisms underlying cell differentiation and to promote bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell-based therapy for treatment of nervous system diseases. 
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