DNA methylation of Interleukin-12B (IL-12B) and miR-34b was proved to affect the expression of IL-12B and miR-34b, which were found to be involved in the pathogenesis of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the role of IL-12B and miR-34b in AS remain to be explored. AS patients were divided into four groups according to their status of DNA methylation of miR-34b and IL-12B by bisulfite sequencing: HYPER-miR-34b + HYPO-IL-12B, HYPER-miR-34b + HYPER-IL-12B, HYPO-miR-34b + HYPER-IL-12B and HYPO-miR-34b + HYPO-IL-12B groups. Functional indicators were examined for patients with different status of DNA methylation in their miR-34b and IL-12B promoters. QPCR was performed to examine the expression of miR-34b and IL-12B mRNA under different conditions. ELISA was used to measure the expression of IL-12B p40 in the peripheral blood. Western blot was used to analyze the expression of IL-12B proteins. Luciferase assay was carried out to explore the suppressive role of miR-34b in IL-12B expression. The level of Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score with C-reactive protein (ASDAS-CRP) was gradually increased in HYPER-miR-34b + HYPO-IL-12B,HYPER-miR-34b + HYPER-IL-12B,HYPO-miR-34b + HYPER-IL-12B and HYPO-miR-34b + HYPO-IL-12B groups, whereas the levels of Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI) and Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Metrology Index (BASMI) were significantly elevated in the HYPO-miR-34b + HYPO-IL-12B group and diminished in the HYPER-miR-34b + HYPO-IL-12B group. The expression of miR-34b in the PBMCs and peripheral blood was remarkably higher in the HYPER-miR-34b + HYPO-IL-12B and HYPER-miR-34b + HYPER-IL-12B groups, whereas the expression of IL-12B was gradually decreased in the HYPER-miR-34b + HYPO-IL-12B, HYPER-miR-34b + HYPER-IL-12B, HYPO-miR-34b + HYPER-IL-12B and HYPO-miR-34b + HYPO-IL-12B groups. Luciferase assays with the transfection of miR-34b precursors suggested that miR-34b strongly suppressed the expression of IL-12B in THP-1 cells. In conclusion, our study demonstrated that hypermethylated miR-34b promoter led to evident upregulation of miR-34b, thus inhibiting the expression of IL-12B and alleviated the severity of ankylosing spondylitis by reducing the levels of factors including ASDAS-CRP, BASFI and BASMI.
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Meng, S., Fan, S., Li, Y. et al. Aberrant Methylation of miR-34b and IL-12B mRNA Promoters Contributes to the Reduced Severity of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Biochem Genet (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10528-020-10023-w
- Ankylosing spondylitis
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