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Zhong Liu, Cheng Zhang, Alireza Khodadadi-Jamayran, Lam Dang, Xiaosi Han, Kitai Kim, Hu Li, Rui Zhao
Neural stem cells (NSCs) have the capacity to differentiate into neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes, and therefore represent a promising donor tissue source for treating neurodegenerative diseases and repairing injuries of the nervous system. However, it remains unclear how canonical microRNAs (miRNAs), the subset of miRNAs requiring the Drosha-Dgcr8 microprocessor and the type III RNase Dicer for biogenesis, regulate NSCs. In this study, we established and characterized <i>Dgcr8</i><sup>-/-</sup> NSCs from conditionally <i>Dgcr8</i>-disrupted mouse embryonic brain...
October 20, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
Agnieszka Rybarczyk, Paulina Jackowiak, Marek Figlerowicz, Jacek Blazewicz
Since the beginning of the 21st century, an increasing interest in the research of ribonucleic acids has been observed in response to a surprising discovery of the role that RNA molecules play in the biological systems. It was demonstrated that they do not only take part in the protein synthesis (mRNA, rRNA, tRNA) but also are involved in the regulation of gene expression. Several classes of small regulatory RNAs have been discovered (e.g. microRNA, small interfering RNA, piwiRNA). Most of them are excised from specific double-stranded RNA precursors by enzymes that belong to the RNaseIII family (Drosha, Dicer or Dicer-like proteins)...
October 19, 2016: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Perrine Rasschaert, Thomas Figueroa, Ginette Dambrine, Denis Rasschaert, Sylvie Laurent
Interplay between alternative splicing and the Microprocessor may have differential effects on the expression of intronic miRNAs organised into clusters. We used a viral model - the LAT long non-coding RNA (LAT lncRNA) of Marek's disease oncogenic herpesvirus (MDV-1), which has the mdv1-miR-M8-M6-M7-M10 cluster embedded in its first intron - to assess the impact of splicing modifications on the biogenesis of each of the miRNAs from the cluster. Drosha silencing and alternative splicing of an extended exon 2 of the LAT lncRNA from a newly identified 3' splice site (SS) at the end of the second miRNA of the cluster showed that mdv1-miR-M6 was a 5'-tailed mirtron...
October 7, 2016: RNA Biology
J A Castillo, S Urcuqui-Inchima
Dear Editor, A recent paper (Casseb et al., 2016) published in the journal Genetics and Molecular Research described the interesting concept that dengue virus (DENV)-4 infection, in the human cell line A-549, leads to the downregulation of expression of key components of microRNA (miRNA) biogenesis, such as Drosha, Dicer, and DGCR8. For this, the authors performed a time course infection of A-549 cells for 5 days. The highest viral load was observed at 3 days post-infection, which corresponded with the maximum downregulation of expression of Drosha, Dicer, and DGCR8, assayed by quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR)...
August 30, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Kwaku Dad Abu-Bonsrah, Dongcheng Zhang, Donald F Newgreen
Chickens are an invaluable model for studying human diseases, physiology and especially development, but have lagged in genetic applications. With the advent of Programmable Engineered Nucleases, genetic manipulation has become efficient, specific and rapid. Here, we show that the CRISPR/Cas9 system can precisely edit the chicken genome. We generated HIRA, TYRP1, DICER, MBD3, EZH2, and 6 other gene knockouts in two chicken cell lines using the CRISPR/Cas9 system, with no off-target effects detected. We also showed that very large deletions (>75 kb) could be achieved...
October 3, 2016: Scientific Reports
Andreas Brandl, Patrick Daum, Sven Brenner, Sebastian R Schulz, Desmond Yat-Hin Yap, Michael R Bösl, Jürgen Wittmann, Wolfgang Schuh, Hans-Martin Jäck
microRNAs (miRNAs) are important posttranscriptional regulators during hematopoietic lineage commitment and lymphocyte development. Mature miRNAs are processed from primary miRNA transcripts in two steps by the microprocessor complex, consisting of Drosha and its partner DiGeorge Critical Region 8 (DGCR8), and the RNAse III enzyme, Dicer. Conditional ablations of Drosha and Dicer have established the importance of both RNAses in B- and T-cell development. Here, we show that a cre-mediated B-cell specific deletion of DGCR8 in mice results in a nearly complete maturation block at the transition from the pro-B to the pre-B cell stage, and a failure to upregulate Ig μ heavy chain expression in pro-B cells...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Immunology
X Fang, J-H Jeong, X Long, S-J Park, D Wang, M Shuai, R Wei, C Li, S Li, S Zhang, M B Duran, K-W Lo, S W Tsao, R Glaser, Z Luo, X Feng, Y Tian, J-L Luo
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September 16, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
Mi Na Kim, Jung Oh Kim, Seung Min Lee, Hana Park, Ju Ho Lee, Kyu Sung Rim, Seong Gyu Hwang, Nam Keun Kim
Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in microRNA machinery genes might affect microRNA processing and subsequently impact tumorigenesis. The aim of this study was to investigate the associations between SNPs in microRNA machinery genes and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in a Korean population. Genotyping of six SNPs in microRNA machinery genes was performed using blood samples from 147 patients with HCC and 209 healthy control subjects. None of the six SNPs in microRNA machinery genes were significantly associated with HCC development...
2016: PloS One
Liyun Xu, Yanlin Chen, Siyang Wen, Yan'e DU, Xi Tang, Manran Liu
Objective To establish a gastric cancer cell line with stable Drosha silenced and explore the effect of Drosha on the chemosensitivity of gastric cancer cells to epirubicin. Methods Interfering sequences targeting Drosha were designed and inserted into the lentiviral vectors, which were used to transfect MGC-803 cells. The level of Drosha mRNA was detected by quantitative real-time PCR; Drosha protein was detected by Western blotting; MTT assay was performed to test the 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) of epirubicin agaisnt wide-type MGC-803 cells...
September 2016: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Luqing Zhao, Yitao Mao, Yuelong Zhao, Yanong He
DDX3X, located on the X-chromosome, belongs to the DEAD-box RNA helicase family and acts as a key RNA-binding protein to exert its regulatory functions in various biological processes. In this paper, knock-down the expression of DDX3X can affect a subset of miRNA expression levels, especially for miR-1, miR-141, miR-145, miR-19b, miR-20a and miR-34a. Through adopting the immunoprecipitation (IP), RNA immunoprecipitation (RIP), dual luciferase reporter assays, we illustrate that DDX3X could interact with Drosha/DGCR8 complex, elevate the processing activity of Drosha/DGCR8 complex on pri-miRNAs, and increase mature miRNA expression levels...
2016: Scientific Reports
Chunxia Du, Ziyang Shen, Rujin Zang, Hua Xie, Hongxing Li, Pingfa Chen, Bo Hang, Xiaoqun Xu, Weibing Tang, Yankai Xia
Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) is a genetic disorder of neural crest development. It is also believed that epigenetic changes plays a role in the progression of this disease. Here we show that the MIR143 host gene (MIR143HG), the precursor of miR-143 and miR-145, decreased cell proliferation and migration and forms a negative feedback loop with RBM24 in HSCR. As RBM24 mRNA is a target of miR-143, upregulation of RBM24 upon an increase in the level of MIR143HG could be attributed to sequestration of miR-143 by MIR143HG (sponge effect)...
August 23, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
K Voglova, J Bezakova, Iveta Herichova
Micro RNAs (miRNAs) are small regulatory molecules of increasing biologists' interest. miRNAs, unlikely mRNA, do not encode proteins. It is a class of small double stranded RNA molecules that via their seed sequence interact with mRNA and inhibit its expression. It has been estimated that 30% of human gene expression is regulated by miRNAs. One miRNA usually targets several mRNAs and one mRNA can be regulated by several miRNAs. miRNA biogenesis is realized by key enzymes, Drosha and Dicer. miRNA/mRNA interaction depends on binding to RNA-induced silencing complex...
April 2016: Endocrine Regulations
Hazel M Girvan, Justin M Bradley, Myles R Cheesman, James R Kincaid, Yilin Liu, Kazimierz Czarnecki, Karl Fisher, David Leys, Stephen E J Rigby, Andrew W Munro
DGCR8 is the RNA-binding partner of the nuclease Drosha. Their complex (the "Microprocessor") is essential for processing of long, primary microRNAs (pri-miRNAs) in the nucleus. Binding of heme to DGCR8 is essential for pri-miRNA processing. On the basis of the split Soret ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectrum of ferric DGCR8, bis-thiolate sulfur (cysteinate, Cys(-)) heme iron coordination of DGCR8 heme iron was proposed. We have characterized DGCR8 heme ligation using the Δ276 DGCR8 variant and combined electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), magnetic circular dichroism (MCD), electron nuclear double resonance, resonance Raman, and electronic absorption spectroscopy...
September 13, 2016: Biochemistry
Chiara Rolando, Andrea Erni, Alice Grison, Robert Beattie, Anna Engler, Paul J Gokhale, Marta Milo, Thomas Wegleiter, Sebastian Jessberger, Verdon Taylor
Adult neural stem cells (NSCs) are defined by their inherent capacity to self-renew and give rise to neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes. In vivo, however, hippocampal NSCs do not generate oligodendrocytes for reasons that have remained enigmatic. Here, we report that deletion of Drosha in adult dentate gyrus NSCs activates oligodendrogenesis and reduces neurogenesis at the expense of gliogenesis. We further find that Drosha directly targets NFIB to repress its expression independently of Dicer and microRNAs...
August 15, 2016: Cell Stem Cell
Y B Wei, J J Liu, J C Villaescusa, E Åberg, S Brené, G Wegener, A A Mathé, C Lavebratt
Elevation of the proinflammatory cytokine IL-6 has been implicated in depression; however, the mechanisms remain elusive. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that inhibit gene expression post-transcriptionally. The lethal-7 (let-7) miRNA family was suggested to be involved in the inflammation process and IL-6 was shown to be one of its targets. In the present study, we report elevation of Il6 in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) of a genetic rat model of depression, the Flinders Sensitive Line (FSL) compared to the control Flinders Resistant Line...
2016: Translational Psychiatry
Natalia Simionescu, Loredan S Niculescu, Mihaela G Carnuta, Gabriela M Sanda, Camelia S Stancu, Andreea C Popescu, Mihaela R Popescu, Adelina Vlad, Doina R Dimulescu, Maya Simionescu, Anca V Sima
We aimed to determine the levels of microRNAs (miRNAs) in sera and HDL of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) compared to stable angina (SA) patients with/without hyperglycemia, and evaluate comparatively the functional effect of these sera on the processing machinery proteins (Drosha, DGCR8, Dicer) and miRNAs production in human macrophages. MiRNAs levels in sera and HDL from 35 SA and 72 ACS patients and 30 healthy subjects were measured by using microRNA TaqMan assays. MiR-223, miR-92a, miR-486, miR-122, miR-125a and miR-146a levels were higher in the hyperglycemic ACS compared to normoglycemic sera...
2016: PloS One
Lisheng Dai, Kevin Chen, Brenda Youngren, Julia Kulina, Acong Yang, Zhengyu Guo, Jin Li, Peng Yu, Shuo Gu
RNase III enzyme Drosha interacts with DGCR8 to form the Microprocessor, initiating canonical microRNA (miRNA) maturation in the nucleus. Here, we re-evaluated where Drosha functions in cells using Drosha and/or DGCR8 knock out (KO) cells and cleavage reporters. Interestingly, a truncated Drosha mutant located exclusively in the cytoplasm cleaved pri-miRNA effectively in a DGCR8-dependent manner. In addition, we demonstrated that in vitro generated pri-miRNAs when transfected into cells could be processed to mature miRNAs in the cytoplasm...
July 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Yu Chen, Fan Yang, Lorena Zubovic, Tom Pavelitz, Wen Yang, Katherine Godin, Matthew Walker, Suxin Zheng, Paolo Macchi, Gabriele Varani
The RNA recognition motif (RRM) is the largest family of eukaryotic RNA-binding proteins. Engineered RRMs with well-defined specificity would provide valuable tools and an exacting test of the current understanding of specificity. We have redesigned the specificity of an RRM using rational methods and demonstrated retargeting of its activity in cells. We engineered the conserved RRM of human Rbfox proteins to specifically bind to the terminal loop of a microRNA precursor (pre-miR-21) with high affinity and inhibit its processing by Drosha and Dicer...
September 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
Haoming Liu, Chunyang Liang, Rahul K Kollipara, Masayuki Matsui, Xiong Ke, Byung-Cheon Jeong, Zhiqiang Wang, Kyoung Shin Yoo, Gaya P Yadav, Lisa N Kinch, Nicholas V Grishin, Yunsun Nam, David R Corey, Ralf Kittler, Qinghua Liu
Recent studies suggest that the microprocessor (Drosha-DGCR8) complex can be recruited to chromatin to catalyze co-transcriptional processing of primary microRNAs (pri-miRNAs) in mammalian cells. However, the molecular mechanism of co-transcriptional miRNA processing is poorly understood. Here we find that HP1BP3, a histone H1-like chromatin protein, specifically associates with the microprocessor and promotes global miRNA biogenesis in human cells. Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) studies reveal genome-wide co-localization of HP1BP3 and Drosha and HP1BP3-dependent Drosha binding to actively transcribed miRNA loci...
August 4, 2016: Molecular Cell
Matthew J Warner, Katherine S Bridge, James P Hewitson, Michael R Hodgkinson, Alex Heyam, Bailey C Massa, Jessica C Haslam, Maria Chatzifrangkeskou, Gareth J O Evans, Michael J Plevin, Tyson V Sharp, Dimitris Lagos
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short non-coding RNAs that silence mRNAs. They are generated following transcription and cleavage by the DROSHA/DGCR8 and DICER/TRBP/PACT complexes. Although it is known that components of the miRNA biogenesis machinery can be phosphorylated, it remains poorly understood how these events become engaged during physiological cellular activation. We demonstrate that S6 kinases can phosphorylate the extended C-terminal domain of TRBP and interact with TRBP in situ in primary cells. TRBP serines 283/286 are essential for S6K-mediated TRBP phosphorylation, optimal expression of TRBP, and the S6K-TRBP interaction in human primary cells...
July 12, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
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