MiR-511 deficiency protects mice from experimental colitis by reducing TLR3 and TLR4 responses via WD repeat and FYVE-domain-containing protein 1

Shafaque Rahman, Jolien Vandewalle, Patricia H. P. van Hamersveld, Caroline Verseijden, Olaf Welting, Aldo Jongejan, Pierina Casanova, Sybren L. Meijer, Claude Libert, Theodorus B. M. Hakvoort, Wouter J. de Jonge, Sigrid E. M. Heinsbroek

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Antimicrobial responses play an important role in maintaining intestinal heath. Recently we reported that miR-511 may regulate TLR4 responses leading to enhanced intestinal inflammation. However, the exact mechanism remained unclear. In this study we investigated the effect of miR-511 deficiency on anti-microbial responses and DSS-induced intestinal inflammation. miR-511-deficient mice were protected from DSS-induced colitis as shown by significantly lower disease activity index, weight loss and histology scores in the miR-511-deficient group. Furthermore, reduced inflammatory cytokine responses were observed in colons of miR-511 deficient mice. In vitro studies with bone marrow-derived M2 macrophages showed reduced TLR3 and TLR4 responses in miR-511-deficient macrophages compared to WT macrophages. Subsequent RNA sequencing revealed Wdfy1 as the potential miR-511 target. WDFY1 deficiency is related to impaired TLR3/TLR4 immune responses and the expression was downregulated in miR-511-deficient macrophages and colons. Together, this study shows that miR-511 is involved in the regulation of intestinal inflammation through downstream regulation of TLR3 and TLR4 responses via Wdfy1.
Original languageEnglish
Article number58
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022


  • Intestinal inflammation
  • MiR-511
  • Mouse
  • TLRs
  • Wdfy1

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