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miR-126 regulates angiogenic signaling and vascular integrity.

Precise regulation of the formation, maintenance, and remodeling of the vasculature is required for normal development, tissue response to injury, and tumor progression. How specific microRNAs intersect with and modulate angiogenic signaling cascades is unknown. Here, we identified microRNAs that were enriched in endothelial cells derived from mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells and in developing mouse embryos. We found that miR-126 regulated the response of endothelial cells to VEGF. Additionally, knockdown of miR-126 in zebrafish resulted in loss of vascular integrity and hemorrhage during embryonic development. miR-126 functioned in part by directly repressing negative regulators of the VEGF pathway, including the Sprouty-related protein SPRED1 and phosphoinositol-3 kinase regulatory subunit 2 (PIK3R2/p85-beta). Increased expression of Spred1 or inhibition of VEGF signaling in zebrafish resulted in defects similar to miR-126 knockdown. These findings illustrate that a single miRNA can regulate vascular integrity and angiogenesis, providing a new target for modulating vascular formation and function.

Pubmed ID: 18694566


  • Fish JE
  • Santoro MM
  • Morton SU
  • Yu S
  • Yeh RF
  • Wythe JD
  • Ivey KN
  • Bruneau BG
  • Stainier DY
  • Srivastava D


Developmental cell

Publication Data

August 12, 2008

Associated Grants

  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R01 HL057181
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R01 HL057181-11
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R01 HL057181-12
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R01 HL057181-13
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R01 HL080592
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R01 HL080592-03
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R01 HL080592-04
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R01 HL080592-05

Mesh Terms

  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Blood Vessels
  • Cell Lineage
  • Embryo, Nonmammalian
  • Endothelial Cells
  • Feedback, Physiological
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
  • HeLa Cells
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • MicroRNAs
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Neovascularization, Physiologic
  • Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis
  • Phenotype
  • Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinases
  • RNA Processing, Post-Transcriptional
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Signal Transduction
  • Vascular Cell Adhesion Molecule-1
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A
  • Zebrafish
  • Zebrafish Proteins