LIN28 Expression in Rat Spinal Cord After Injury

Ying Yue, Dongmei Zhang, Shengyang Jiang, Aihong Li, Aisong Guo, Xinming Wu, Xiaopeng Xia, Hongbing Cheng, Tao Tao, Xingxing Gu
2014 Neurochemical Research  
LIN28, an RNA-binding protein, is known to be involved in the regulation of many cellular processes, such as embryonic stem cell proliferation, cell fate succession, developmental timing, and oncogenesis. However, its expression and function in central nervous system still unclear. In this study, we performed an acute spinal cord contusion injury (SCI) model in adult rats and investigated the dynamic changes of LIN28 expression in spinal cord. Western blot and immunohistochemistry analysis
more » ... led that LIN28 was present in normal spinal cord. It gradually increased, reached a peak at 3 day, and then nearly declined to the basal level at 14 days after SCI. Double immunofluorescence staining showed that LIN28 immunoreactivity was found in neurons, astrocytes and a handful of microglia. Interestingly, LIN28 expression was increased predominantly in astrocytes but not in neurons. Moreover, the colocalization of LIN28 and proliferating cell nuclear antigen was detected after injury. Western blot showed that LIN28 participated in lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced astrocytes inflammatory responses by NF-jB signaling pathway. These results suggested that LIN28 may be involved in the pathologic process of SCI, and further research is needed to have a good understanding of its function and mechanism.
doi:10.1007/s11064-014-1278-2 pmid:24700281 pmcid:PMC4000414 fatcat:2a6k5xeknvhmtnzauh64dj7qf4