Journal of Molecular Neuroscience

, Volume 66, Issue 3, pp 437–444 | Cite as

Knockdown of miR-372 Inhibits Nerve Cell Apoptosis Induced by Spinal Cord Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury via Enhancing Autophagy by Up-regulating Beclin-1

  • Xigong Li
  • Xianfeng Lou
  • Sanzhong Xu
  • Quan Wang
  • Miaoda Shen
  • Jing MiaoEmail author


To investigate the role of miR-372/Beclin-1 on nerve cell apoptosis induced by spinal cord ischemia/reperfusion injury (SCII). We established in vivo and in vitro SCII model. MiR-372 and Beclin-1 expressions in spinal cord tissues of SCII rats and SCII nerve cells were measured. The cell apoptosis was detected by flow cytometry. MiR-372 inhibitor was used to reduce miR-372 expression. Dual luciferase reporter assay was used to confirm the interaction between miR-372 and Beclin-1. MiR-372 expression in spinal cord tissues of SCII rats and SCII nerve cells was increased, while Beclin-1 expression was decreased. Knockdown of miR-372 could inhibit SCII nerve cell apoptosis. In addition, MiR-372 could negatively regulate Beclin-1 expression. Autophagy inhibitor could inhibit autophagy to promote the apoptosis of SCII nerve cells through decreasing Beclin-1, while interference of miR-372 changed the effect of autophagy inhibitor. Interference of miR-372 could reduce nerve cell apoptosis in SCII via increasing autophagy by up-regulating Beclin-1.


Spinal cord ischemia/reperfusion injury Nerve cell apoptosis Autophagy miR-372 Beclin-1 



This study was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81401004 and No. 81402862).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The First Affiliated Hospital, College of MedicineZhejiang UniversityHangzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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