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Papers: 17 Jun 2023 - 23 Jun 2023

Basic Science

Animal Studies, Genetics, In Vitro Studies, Molecular/Cellular


Open Med (Wars)




lncRNA OIP5-AS1 attenuates the osteoarthritis progression in IL-1β-stimulated chondrocytes.


Zhang X, Wang Z, Wang B, Li J, Yuan H


In view of the association between long noncoding RNA OIP5-AS1 and osteoarthritis (OA) pathology, the corresponding potential mechanism is worthy of exploration. Primary chondrocytes were identified by morphological observation and immunohistochemical staining of collagen II. The association between OIP5-AS1 and miR-338-3p was analyzed by StarBase and dual-luciferase reporter assay. After the expression of OIP5-AS1 or miR-338-3p in interleukin (IL)-1β-stimulated primary chondrocytes and CHON-001 cells was manipulated, cell viability, proliferation, apoptosis rate, apoptosis-related protein (cleaved caspase-9, Bax) expressions, extracellular matrix (ECM) (matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-3, MMP-13, aggrecan, and collagen II), PI3K/AKT pathway, and mRNA expressions of inflammatory factors (IL-6 and IL-8), OIP5-AS1, and miR-338-3p were determined by cell counting kit-8, EdU, flow cytometry, Western blot, and quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction. As a result, the expression of OIP5-AS1 was downregulated in IL-1β-activated chondrocytes, while miR-338-3p was overexpressed. OIP5-AS1 overexpression reversed the effects of IL-1β on viability, proliferation, apoptosis, ECM degradation, and inflammation in chondrocytes. However, OIP5-AS1 knockdown exhibited opposite effects. Interestingly, the effects of OIP5-AS1 overexpression were partially offset by miR-338-3p overexpression. Furthermore, OIP5-AS1 overexpression blocked the PI3K/AKT pathway by modulating miR-338-3p expression. In sum, OIP5-AS1 promotes viability and proliferation, and inhibits apoptosis and ECM degradation in IL-1β-activated chondrocytes by targeting miR-338-3p through blocking the PI3K/AKT pathway, indicating an attractive strategy for OA treatment.