Central role of the p53 pathway in the noncoding-RNA response to oxidative stress

Paola Fuschi, Matteo Carrara, Christine Voellenkle, Jose Manuel Garcia-Manteiga, Paolo Righini, Biagina Maimone, Elena Sangalli, Francesco Villa, Claudia Specchia, Mario Picozza, Giovanni Nano, Carlo Gaetano, Gaia Spinetti, Annibale A. Puca, Alessandra Magenta, Fabio Martelli

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Oxidative stress plays a fundamental role in many conditions. Specifically, redox imbalance inhibits endothelial cell (EC) growth, inducing cell death and senescence. We used global transcriptome profiling to investigate the involvement of noncoding-RNAs in these phenotypes. By RNA-sequencing, transcriptome changes were analyzed in human ECs exposed to H2O2, highlighting a pivotal role of p53-signaling. Bioinformatic analysis and validation in p53-silenced ECs, identified several p53-targets among both mRNAs and long noncoding-RNAs (lncRNAs), including MALAT1 and NEAT1. Among microRNAs (miRNAs), miR-192-5p was the most induced by H2O2 treatment, in a p53-dependent manner. Down-modulated mRNA-targets of miR-192-5p were involved in cell cycle, DNA repair and stress response. Accordingly, miR-192-5p overexpression significantly decreased EC proliferation, inducing cell death. A central role of the p53-pathway was also confirmed by the analysis of differential exon usage: Upon H2O2 treatment, the expression of p53-dependent 5'-isoforms of MDM2 and PVT1 increased selectively. The transcriptomic alterations identified in H2O2-treated ECs were also observed in other physiological and pathological conditions where redox control plays a fundamental role, such as ECs undergoing replicative senescence, skeletal muscles of critical limb-ischemia patients and the peripheral-blood mononuclear cells of long-living individuals. Collectively, these findings indicate a prominent role of noncoding- RNAs in oxidative stress response.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2559-2586
Number of pages28
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2017


  • Endothelium
  • Long noncoding RNAs
  • MicroRNAs
  • Oxidative stress
  • P53

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Cell Biology


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