Bach1 promotes muscle regeneration through repressing Smad-mediated inhibition of myoblast differentiation

Katsushi Suzuki, Mitsuyo Matsumoto, Yasutake Katoh, Liang Liu, Kyoko Ochiai, Yuta Aizawa, Ryoichi Nagatomi, Hiroshi Okuno, Eiji Itoi, Kazuhiko Igarashi

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It has been reported that Bach1-deficient mice show reduced tissue injuries in diverse disease models due to increased expression of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1)that possesses an antioxidant function. In contrast, we found that Bach1 deficiency in mice exacerbated skeletal muscle injury induced by cardiotoxin. Inhibition of Bach1 expression in C2C12 myoblast cells using RNA interference resulted in reduced proliferation, myotube formation, and myogenin expression compared with control cells. While the expression of HO-1 was increased by Bach1 silencing in C2C12 cells, the reduced myotube formation was not rescued by HO-1 inhibition. Up-regulations of Smad2, Smad3 and FoxO1, known inhibitors of muscle cell differentiation, were observed in Bach1-deficient mice and Bach1-silenced C2C12 cells. Therefore, Bach1 may promote regeneration of muscle by increasing proliferation and differentiation of myoblasts.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0236781
JournalPloS one
Issue number8 August
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • General


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