Objective- It has been suggested that Hepatitis C virus (HCV) core protein is associated with metabolic disorders of liver cell. However, the precise mechanism is still unclear. The aim of the present study was to explore the impact of HCV core protein on hepatocyte metabolism by HepG2 and the possible involvement of long non-coding (lnc) RNAs in this process.
Methods- The effect of HCV core protein on lncRNAs expression was examined with quantitative RT-PCR. Manipulation of HVC core protein and lncRNA HOTAIR was to evaluate the role of interaction between them on cell metabolism-related gene expression and cellular metabolism. The potential downstream Sirt1 signal was examined by western blotting and quantitative RT-PCR.
Results- Our data suggested that suppression of HOTAIR abrogates HCV core protein-induced reduction of Sirt1 and differential expression of glucose- and lipid-metabolism related genes. Also it benefits for metabolic homeostasis of hepatocyte indicated by restoration of cellular ROS level and NAD/NADH ratio. By manipulation of HOTAIR, we concluded that HOTAIR negatively regulates Sirt1 expression through affecting its promotor methylation. Moreover, overexpression of Sirt1 reverses pcDNA-HOTAIR-induced glucose- and lipid-metabolism related gene expression.
Conclusion- Our study suggests that HCV core protein causes dysfunction of glucose and lipid metabolism in liver cells through HOTAIR-Sirt1 signaling pathway.
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