Cellular physiology and biochemistry : international journal of experimental cellular physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology 2017 12 1244(6) 2129-2137 doi 10.1159/000485952
Accumulative evidence has shown that miR-885-3p plays a crucial role in human carcinogenesis. From miRNA database, we also found that rs739837 polymorphism in miR-885-3p binding site within 3′-untranslated region of Vitamin D receptor (VDR), compromising the suppressive effect of miR-885-3p on VDR. Moreover, Vitamin D is involved in controlling the cell immune response and may play a role in pressure ulcers development. However, whether this polymorphism is actually linked with pressure ulcers remains unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential association between the rs739837 polymorphism and pressure ulcers, and to explore molecular mechanism of VDR in pressure ulcers.
Luciferase assays were performed to validate the relationship between miR-885 and VDR, which was confirmed by western-blotting analysis. The relationship between rs739837 and the risk of pressure ulcers was explored using logistic regression analysis.
We first conducted statistical analysis to explore the association between the rs739837 genotype and risk of pressure ulcers, and found that the polymorphism genotype was significantly associated with the risk of pressure ulcers (OR 0.68, 95% CI 0.43-0.95, P value = 0.02). We then searched the miRNA database online and identified VDR as a direct target. We established the negative regulatory relationship between miR-885-3p and VDR using luciferase assays. Meanwhile, we transfected cells with scramble control, miR-885-3p mimics, VDR siRNA and miR-885-3p inhibitors. The results further confirmed the negative regulatory relationship between miR-885-3p and VDR.
VDR is a virtual target of miR-885-3p, and rs739837 might be a predictive biomarker for the risk of pressure ulcers.