MicroRNAs-103/107 Regulate Autophagy in the Epidermis

Sijia Wang, Aya Kobeissi, Ying Dong, Nihal Kaplan, Wending Yang, Congcong He, Kang Zeng, Han Peng*

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We have shown that microRNAs-103 and -107 (miRs-103/107) positively regulate end-stage autophagy by ensuring dynamin activity in cultured keratinocytes. Most work in end-stage autophagy has been conducted using in vitro model systems. In vivo regulation of end-stage autophagy in epidermis remains unknown. Here, we used antagomirs to subcutaneously knock down miR-107 in the skin; conversely, we delivered miR-107 mimic subcutaneously via in vivo transfection to increase this miR. We found that antagomir-107 treatment in epidermis: (i) depleted endogenous miR-107; (ii) increased GFP-LC3 puncta in epidermal basal layers of GFP-LC3 transgenic mice, indicative of an accumulation of autophagosomes; (iii) inhibited LC3 turnover and increased p62, suggesting an inhibition of autophagy flux; and (iv) increased phosphorylated dynamin (p-dynamin, an inactive form), a key enzyme in end-stage autophagy. Conversely, miR-107 mimic treatment in mouse epidermis: decreased GFP-LC3 puncta in basal layer, as well as p62 protein levels; and diminished p-dynamin, indicative of activation of this enzyme. In human epidermal keratinocytes, antagos-103/107 cause the formation of large vacuoles and an increase in p-dynamin, which can be rescued by inhibition of protein kinase C pathway. Collectively, these results suggest that the miR-103/107 family has a critical role in regulating end-stage autophagy in mouse epidermis via PLD1/2–protein kinase C–dynamin pathway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1481-1490
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Investigative Dermatology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Dermatology
  • Cell Biology


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