In recent years, increasing discovery of the extremely important regulatory effects of circular RNAs on biological development, angiogenesis, tumor genesis, and development, as well as stem cell proliferation and differentiation has provided new opportunities for investigating regulation mechanism in angiogenesis.
This study explored the expression of circ 001839 in renal ischemia-reperfusion injury (RI-RI) rats and whether its upstream microRNA-432-3p (miR-432-3p) affects inflammation in both RI-RI rats and NRK52E cells.
Rat model of RI-RI was made, and circ 001839 was identified by the gene-chip analysis in RI-RI rats. Expression of circ 001839 and miR-432-3p was measured by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction, protein expression of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin (IL)-1β, interferon (IFN)-γ, IL-6, and IL-18 in rat serum and cell supernatant was determined by ELISA, and the expression of NOD-like receptor 3 (NLRP3) and other gap-associated proteins in NRK52E cells was evaluated by Western blot analysis. Next, to verify the regulatory relationship between circ 001839 and miR-432-3p, 2 luciferase reporters were constructed.
Circ 001839 expression of RI-RI rats and NRK52E cells was significantly upregulated, compared with the control group. Circ 001839 overexpression significantly increased inflammation through promoting TNF-α, IFN-γ, and IL-6 expression levels in NRK52E cells. Overexpression of miR-432-3p significantly promoted inflammation in NRK52E cells via induction of NLRP3. Moreover, miR-432-3p decreased the effects of circ 001839-induced inflammation in NRK52E cells.
These findings suggested that circ 001839 promoted inflammation in RI-RI through NLRP3 by miR-432-3p.

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