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Renata Gruszka, Magdalena Zakrzewska
The fundamental function of ribonucleic acids is to transfer genetic information from DNA to protein during translation process, however, this is not the only way connecting active RNA sequences with essential biological processes. Up until now, many RNA subclasses of different size, structure, and biological function were identified. Among them, there are non-coding single-stranded microRNAs (miRNAs). This subclass comprises RNAs of 19-25 nucleotides in length that modulate the activity of well-defined coding RNAs and play a crucial role in many physiological and pathological processes...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Qingwang Xue, Chunxue Liu, Xia Li, Li Dai, Huaisheng Wang
Various fluorescent sensing systems for miRNAs detection have been developed. But they mostly contain enzymatic amplification reactions and label procedures. The strict reaction conditions of tool enzymes and the high cost of labeling limit their potential applications, especially in complex biological matrix. Here we have addressed the difficult problems and report a strategy for label-free fluorescent DNA dendrimers based on enzyme-free nonlinear hybridization chain reaction (HCR)-mediated multiple G-quadruplex for simple, sensitive and selective detection of miRNAs with low-background signal...
March 16, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Conglin Ye, Xiaolong Yu, Xuqiang Liu, Min Dai, Bin Zhang
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small, single-stranded, non-coding RNA molecules involved in cancer initiation and progression. The present study aimed to determine the effect of miRNA-30d (miR-30d) on the growth, malignant phenotype, and apoptosis of Ewing's sarcoma (ES) SK-ES-1 cells, and to elucidate the underlying molecular mechanism and signaling pathway involved. Cell proliferation, invasion, migration, morphological changes, cell cycle distribution and apoptosis were investigated. Furthermore, the expression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2, MMP-9, B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2), Bcl-2-associated X protein (Bax), caspase-3 and poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) were examined, as was the activity of the mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK)/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) and phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathways...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Tong Sun, Shin-Yi Du, Joshua Armenia, Fangfang Qu, Jingyu Fan, Xiaodong Wang, Teng Fei, Kazumasa Komura, Shirley X Liu, Gwo-Shu Mary Lee, Philip W Kantoff
Mechanisms by which non-coding RNAs contribute to the progression of hormone-sensitive prostate cancer (PCa) (HSPC) to castration-resistant PCa (CRPC) remain largely unknown. We previously showed that microRNA-221/222 is up-regulated in CRPC and plays a critical role in modulating androgen receptor function during CRPC development. With further investigation, we characterized a putative promoter region located 23.3 kb upstream of the miR-221/222 gene, and this promoter is differentially activated in CRPC LNCaP-Abl cells, leading to the up-regulation of miR-221/222...
March 13, 2018: Oncogenesis
Sellappan Selvaraju, Sivashanmugam Parthipan, Lakshminarayana Somashekar, B Krishnan Binsila, Atul P Kolte, Arunachalam Arangasamy, Janivara Parameshwaraiah Ravindra, Stephen A Krawetz
With artificial insemination (AI) and other precision dependent assisted reproductive technologies (ART) being followed in large scale in human and animal reproduction, assessing semen quality and fertilizability is under continuous scrutiny. Various tests have been developed to predict semen quality, but so far no single, highly reliable test is available. In this regard, transcriptomic profiling of spermatozoa assumes significance as it carries the information about spermatogenesis, sperm function, and paternal roles in post-fertilization events...
March 14, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Xiaowei Wang, Amy Kate Searle, Jan David Hohmann, Ao Leo Liu, Meike-Kristin Abraham, Jathushan Palasubramaniam, Bock Lim, Yu Yao, Maria Wallert, Eefang Yu, Yung-Chih Chen, Karlheinz Peter
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is an often deadly disease without medical, non-invasive treatment options. The upregulation of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) on aortic endothelium provides an early target epitope for a novel biotechnological theranostic approach. MicroRNA-126 was used as a therapeutic agent, based on its capability to downregulate VCAM-1 expression in endothelial cells and thereby reduces leukocyte adhesion and exerts anti-inflammatory effects. Ultrasound microbubbles were chosen as carriers, allowing both molecular imaging as well as targeted therapy of AAA...
February 16, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Lunming Liu, Weifeng Shen, Zhihui Zhu, Jinxiong Lin, Qingxia Fang, Yeping Ruan, Huajun Zhao
Fulvestrant is the FDA-approved "pure anti-estrogen" agent for malignant breast cancer therapy. But endocrine resistance causes drug failure. A new approach is desired for fulvestrant-resistant breast cancer (FRBC) therapy. This study aims to find an effective approach to inhibit FRBC for patients with advanced breast cancer. MTT assay was first performed to detect the effect of inhibitors of c-ABL (imatinib) and EGFR (lapatinib) on FRBC cells. Microarray analysis was carried out to identify microRNA which is significantly changed between parental and FRBC cells...
March 6, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
S Mashayekhi, H Saeidi Saedi, Z Salehi, S Soltanipour, E Mirzajani
Background microRNAs (miRNAs) are potentially involved in many physiopathological processes, including regulation of cell growth, differentiation, apoptosis and cancer. Single nucleotide polymorphisms of the genes encoding miRNAs can alter their expression and may influence cancer risks. This case-control study explored the relationship between three microRNA polymorphisms (miR-27a, miR-196a2 and miR -146a) and breast cancer (BC). Methods A total of 353 breast cancer cases and 353 controls were genotyped for miR-27a (rs895819), miR-196a2 (rs11614913) and miR -146a (rs2910164)...
March 9, 2018: British Journal of Biomedical Science
Junjie Luo, Yirong Wang, Jian Yuan, Zhilei Zhao, Jian Lu
The repertoire of miRNAs has considerably expanded during metazoan evolution, and duplication is an important mechanism for generating new functional miRNAs. However, relatively little is known about the functional divergence between paralogous miRNAs and the possible co-evolution between duplicated miRNAs and the genomic contexts. By systematically examining small RNA expression profiles across various human tissues and interrogating the publicly available miRNA:mRNA pairing chimeras, we found that changes in expression patterns and targeting preferences are widespread for duplicated miRNAs in vertebrates...
March 6, 2018: RNA
Jana Miniarikova, Melvin M Evers, Pavlina Konstantinova
The single mutation underlying the fatal neuropathology of Huntington's disease (HD) is a CAG triplet expansion in exon 1 of the huntingtin (HTT) gene, which gives rise to a toxic mutant HTT protein. There have been a number of not yet successful therapeutic advances in the treatment of HD. The current excitement in the HD field is due to the recent development of therapies targeting the culprit of HD either at the DNA or RNA level to reduce the overall mutant HTT protein. In this review, we briefly describe short-term and long-term HTT-lowering strategies targeting HTT transcripts...
February 8, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Yasuhiro Mie, Yu Hirano, Keiko Kowata, Akiyoshi Nakamura, Mayu Yasunaga, Yoshihiro Nakajima, Yasuo Komatsu
MicroRNA (miRNA)-guided argonaute (Ago) controls gene expression upon binding to the 3' UTR of mRNA. The miRNA function can be competitively inhibited by single-stranded anti-miRNA oligonucleotides (AMOs). In this study, we constructed a novel type of AMO flanked by interstrand cross-linked 2'-O-methylated RNA duplexes (CLs) that confer a stable helical conformation. Compared with other structured AMOs, AMO flanked by CLs at the 5' and 3' termini exhibited much higher inhibitory activity in cells. Anti-miRNA activity, nuclease resistance, and miRNA modification pattern distinctly differed according to the CL-connected positions in AMOs...
March 2, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Junfeng Zeng, Xiaowei Yi, Hao Liu, Yi Yang, Yuchen Duan, Hua Chen
Objectives: Single nucleotide polymorphisms in microRNAs (microRNA-196a2 rs11614913, microRNA-146a rs2910164, microRNA-149 rs2292832 and microRNA-499 rs3746444) have been inconsistently associated with risk for oral squamous cell cancer (OSCC). This meta-analysis aimed to assess the correlation between microRNA polymorphisms and susceptibility to OSCC. Materials and Methods: Free words were used to search for the relevant studies without language limitations in electronic databases including PubMed, Embase, Web of Science and SCOPUS through June 15, 2017...
February 2, 2018: Oncotarget
Xin-Yuan Qiu, Lv-Yun Zhu, Chu-Shu Zhu, Jia-Xin Ma, Tao Hou, Xiao-Min Wu, Si-Si Xie, Lu Min, De-An Tan, Dongyi Zhang, Lingyun Zhu
MicroRNAs have been reported related to multiple diseases and has potential applications in diagnosis and therapeutics. However, detection of miRNAs remains improvable, given their complexity, high cost and low sensitivity of currently. In this study, we attempt to build a novel platform that detects miRNAs at low cost and high efficacy. This detection system contains isothermal amplification, detecting and reporting process based on Rolling Circle Amplification, CRISPR-Cas9, and split-Horseradish Peroxidase techniques...
February 27, 2018: ACS Synthetic Biology
Yongchu Pan, Dandan Li, Shu Lou, Chi Zhang, Yifei Du, Hongbing Jiang, Weibing Zhang, Lan Ma, Lin Wang
microRNAs (miRNAs) are widely involved in craniofacial development, and genetic variants of miRNAs may be associated with the risk of non-syndromic orofacial cleft (NSOC). Here, we systematically selected five single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of miRNAs and investigated the associations between these variants and NSOC susceptibility in a two-stage case-control study including 1,406 NSOC patients and 1,578 controls from the Chinese population. We found that compared with the C allele, the rs2910164 G allele of pre-miR-146a was associated with an increased risk of NSOC (additive model: odds ratio (OR) = 1...
February 27, 2018: Human Mutation
Chiara Alberti, Raphael A Manzenreither, Ivica Sowemimo, Thomas R Burkard, Jingkui Wang, Katharina Mahofsky, Stefan L Ameres, Luisa Cochella
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play an essential role in the post-transcriptional regulation of animal development and physiology. However, in vivo studies aimed at linking miRNA function to the biology of distinct cell types within complex tissues remain challenging, partly because in vivo miRNA-profiling methods lack cellular resolution. We report microRNome by methylation-dependent sequencing (mime-seq), an in vivo enzymatic small-RNA-tagging approach that enables high-throughput sequencing of tissue- and cell-type-specific miRNAs in animals...
February 26, 2018: Nature Methods
Osamu Ichii, Taro Horino
Mature microRNAs (miRNAs) are single-stranded RNAs with approximately 18-25 bases, and their sequences are highly conserved among animals. miRNAs act as posttranscriptional regulators by binding mRNAs, and their main function involves the degradation of their target mRNAs. Recent studies revealed altered expression of miRNAs in the kidneys during the progression of acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) in humans and experimental rodent models by using high-throughput screening techniques including microarray and small RNA sequencing...
January 2018: Journal of Toxicologic Pathology
Zhihua Ju, Changfa Wang, Xiuge Wang, Chunhong Yang, Yan Zhang, Yan Sun, Qiang Jiang, Rongling Li, Jianbin Li, Jifeng Zhong, Jinming Huang
Neutrophil cytosolic factor 4 (NCF4) is a member of the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase subunit. This protein functions as an essential factor in the host defense against the progression of bacterial infection. To explore the variability of the NCF4 gene and the susceptibility of cows to mastitis, NCF4 functional single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of the 3' untranslated region (3'UTR) and its targeted microRNA (miRNA) were identified. One SNP g.18475 A>G in the 3'UTR of NCF4 was found within the binding seed region of bta-miR-2426...
February 23, 2018: Cell Stress & Chaperones
Haiyang Hu, Jian-Mei Liu, Zhenyu Hu, Xi Jiang, Xiaode Yang, Jiangxia Li, Yao Zhang, Haijing Yu, Philipp Khaitovich
MicroRNA (miRNA) sponges are vital components of posttranscriptional gene regulation. Yet, only a limited number of miRNA sponges have been identified. Here, we show that the recently evolved non-coding tumor suppressor transcript, antisense RNA to TP73 gene (TP73-AS1), functions as a natural sponge of human-specific miRNA miR-941. We find unusually nine high-affinity miR-941 binding sites clustering within 1kb region on TP73-AS1, which forms miR-941 sponge region. This sponge region displays increased sequence constraint only in humans, and its formation can be traced to the tandem expansion of a 71-nt-long sequence containing a single miR-941 binding site in old world monkeys...
February 20, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Kaiji Wei, Jingjin Zhao, Xiaoshu Luo, Senghui Qiu, Fuyun He, Shuting Li, Shulin Zhao
Microchip electrophoresis (MCE) assay is an analysis technique with low consumption and high automation. It is a useful tool in biomedical research and clinical diagnosis. However, the low detection sensitivity limits its application in trace biomarker analysis because of its extremely small sample size. To address the need for high sensitivity in MCE, we have developed an ultrasensitive MCE method based on a separation-assisted double cycling signal amplification strategy for the detection of microRNA (miRNA) in cell lysate...
February 23, 2018: Analyst
Somenath Datta, Richard M Sherva, Mart De La Cruz, Michelle T Long, Priya Roy, Vadim Backman, Sanjib Chowdhury, Hemant K Roy
The biological underpinnings for racial disparities in colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence remain to be elucidated. We have previously reported that the cohesin SA-1 down-regulation is an early event in colon carcinogenesis which is dramatically accentuated in African-Americans. In order to investigate the mechanism, we evaluated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) for association with SA-1-related outcomes followed by gene editing of candidate SNP. We observed that rs34149860 SNP was significantly associated with a lower colonic mucosal SA-1 expression and evaluation of public databases showed striking racial discordance...
February 19, 2018: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
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