Exosomes derived from mesenchyml stem cells ameliorate oxygen-glucose deprivation/reoxygenation-induced neuronal injury via transferring MicroRNA-194 and targeting Bach1

Tissue Cell. 2021 Dec;73:101651. doi: 10.1016/j.tice.2021.101651. Epub 2021 Sep 17.


The neuroprotective function of miR-194 on neurovascular endothelial cell injury is perceived as a novel method for clinical therapy. So are exosomes (EXs), being attractive in neurofunctional recovery. However, whether EXs derived from mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) perform the same efficacy by transferring miR-194 and the underlying mechanism remain vague. This study rooted in oxygen-glucose deprivation/reoxygenation (OGD/R) model. MSCs were isolated by gradient centrifugation and identified by flow cytometry. EXs were obtained through ultracentrifugation, whereas protein levels of specific markers (CD63, TGS101), together with Bach1, Nrf2 and HO-1 were measured by western blot. The relative mRNA expressions of Bach1, NOX1, AGSL4, GPX4 and miR-194 were measured by RT-qPCR assays. Cell viability was measured by cell counting kit-8, and cell migration was detected by wound healing assay. The interaction between miR-194 and Bach1 was predicted by starBase and confirmed by dual luciferase reporter assay. OGD/R dampened cell viability and miR-194 expression. Bach1 could bind with miR-194. miR-194 mimic attenuated the effect of OGD/R on cell viability and protein levels of Nrf2, HO-1 and Bach1, whereas Bach1 overexpression reversed the effect of miR-194 mimics. MSC-EXs could merge with HBMECs. Based on this, MSC-EXs loaded with miR-194 downregulated Bach1 protein level and iron content and the mRNA expressions of NOX1 and ACSL4, yet upregulated miR-194 and GPX4 expressions and Nrf2/HO-1 protein level in OGD/R-injured cells, whereas those carrying ShmiR-194 had the opposite effects. Our study suggested MSC-EXs loaded with miR-194 attenuated OGD/R-induced injury via targeting Bach1, providing a new therapeutic strategy for cerebral injuries.

Keywords: Bach1; Exosomes; Nrf2; Oxygen-glucose deprivation/reoxygenation; miR-194.