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Active-Italia: miRNA/Target Gene Profile of Endothelial Cells Treated with Human Triglyceride-Rich Lipoproteins Obtained after a High-Fat Meal with Extra-Virgin Olive Oil or Sunflower Oil

miRNA/Target Gene Profile of Endothelial Cells Treated with Human Triglyceride-Rich Lipoproteins Obtained after a High-Fat Meal with Extra-Virgin Olive Oil or Sunflower Oil

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The differences between the effects of TRLs isolated from blood of subjects after a high-fat meal with extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) and sunflower oil (SO) on the microRNA-Seq profile related to atherosclerosis in human umbilical vein endothelial cells are analyzed.

Methods and Results

28 upregulated microRNAs with EVOO-derived TRLs, which can regulate 22 genes related to atherosclerosis, are found. 21 upregulated microRNAs with SO-derived TRLs, which can regulate 20 genes related to atherosclerosis, are found. These microRNAs are mainly involved in angiogenesis, with a predominance of an anti-angiogenic effect with EVOO-derived TRLs. Other microRNAs upregulated with SO-derived TRLs are involved in cardiovascular diseases. Pathways for the target genes obtained from the upregulated microRNA with EVOO-derived TRLs are involved in lipid metabolism and inflammatory and defense response, while those with SO-derived TRLs are involved in lipid metabolic process.


EVOO-derived TRLs seem to produce a more atheroprotective profile than SO-derived TRLs. This study provides alternative mechanisms on the protective role of EVOO against the atherogenic process through microRNA regulation in endothelial cells.

Source of the Article

Concepción Santiago-Fernandez, Flores Martin-Reyes, Rocío Bautista, Mónica Tome, Josefa Gómez-Maldonado, Carolina Gutierrez-Repiso, Francisco J. Tinahones, Eduardo Garcia-Fuentes, Lourdes Garrido-Sánchez


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