MicroRNAs targeting the SARS-CoV-2 entry receptor ACE2 in cardiomyocytes.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as a public health emergency of international concern as more than 15 million cases were reported by 24th July 2020. Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) is a COVID-19 entry receptor regulating host cell infection. A recent study reported that ACE2 is expressed in cardiomyocytes. In this study, we aimed to explore if there are microRNA (miRNA) molecules which target ACE2 and which may be exploited to regulate the SARS-CoV-2 receptor. Our data reveal that both Ace2 mRNA and Ace2 protein levels are inhibited by miR-200c in rat primary cardiomyocytes and importantly, in human iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes. We report the first miRNA candidate that can target ACE2 in cardiomyocytes and thus may be exploited as a preventive strategy to treat cardiovascular complications of COVID-19.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lu, D; Chatterjee, S; Xiao, K; Riedel, I; Wang, Y; Foo, R; Bär, C; Thum, T

Published Date

  • November 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 148 /

Start / End Page

  • 46 - 49

PubMed ID

  • 32891636

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7470794

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-8584

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2020.08.017


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England