TGF-β Regulates miR-206 and miR-29 to Control Myogenic Differentiation through Regulation of HDAC4 Academic Article uri icon


  • MicroRNAs (miRs) are emerging as prominent players in the regulation of many biological processes, including myogenic commitment and skeletal muscle formation. Members of the TGF-β family can influence the proliferation and myogenic differentiation of cells, although it is presently not clear what role miRNAs play in the TGF-β-mediated control of myogenic differentiation. Here, we demonstrate in the myogenic C2C12 cell line, and in primary muscle cells, that miR-206 and miR-29-two miRs that act on transcriptional events implicated in muscle differentiation are down-regulated by TGF-β. We further demonstrate that TGF-β treatment of myogenic cells is associated with increased expression of histone deacetylase 4 (HDAC4), a key inhibitor of muscle differentiation that has been identified as a target for regulation by miR-206 and miR-29. We confirmed that increased expression of miR-206 and miR-29 resulted in the translational repression of HDAC4 in the presence or absence of TGF-β via interaction with the HDAC4 3'-untranslated region. Importantly, we found that miR-206 and miR-29 can attenuate the inhibitory actions of TGF-β on myogenic differentiation. Furthermore, we present evidence that the mechanism by which miR-206 and miR-29 can inhibit the TGF-β-mediated up-regulation of HDAC4 is via the inhibition of Smad3 expression, a transducer of TGF-β signaling. These findings identify a novel mechanism of interaction between TGF-β and miR-206 and -29 in the regulation of myogenic differentiation through HDAC4.


  • Winbanks, Catherine E
  • Wang, Bo
  • Beyer, Claudia
  • Koh, Phillip
  • White, Lloyd
  • Kantharidis, Phillip
  • Gregorevic, Paul

publication date

  • April 22, 2011