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Qin Rui, Haibo Ni, Fan Gao, Baoqi Dang, Di Li, Rong Gao, Gang Chen
Leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) is widely expressed in the brain and exerts neurotoxicity in Parkinson's disease. The p38/Drosha signaling activation has been reported to increase cell death under stress. This study was designed to investigate the potential role and mechanism of LRRK2 in secondary brain injury after traumatic brain injury (TBI). A total of 130 male Sprague-Dawley rats were examined using a weight-drop model of TBI. The rats received the specific LRRK2 inhibitor PF-06447475 or LRRK2 pDNA alone or in combination with Drosha pDNA...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Afraa Mamoori, Vinod Gopalan, Alfred K-Y Lam
BACKGROUND: There is emerging data suggest that the non-coding RNA (microRNA 193a or miR-193a) plays key roles in different types of cancers. OBJECTIVE: This review aims to investigate the functional significance of miR-193a in different cancers according to the information of literature. METHOD: All the literature concerning miR-193a in cancer in PubMed are analysed. RESULTS: Several studies proved the association of miR-193a expression patterns with cancer's stages, grades, response to the chemotherapy and even patient survival...
March 7, 2018: Current Cancer Drug Targets
Lian-Zi Wei, Yan-Qing Wang, Yun-Li Chang, Na An, Xiao Wang, Pei-Jie Zhou, Helen He Zhu, Yu-Xiang Fang, Wei-Qiang Gao
The microRNA-transcription factor auto-regulatory feedback loop is a pivotal mechanism for homeostatic regulation of gene expression, and dysregulation of the feedback loop is tightly associated with tumorigenesis and progression. However, the mechanism underlying such dysregulation is still not well-understood. Here we reported that Krüppel-like factor 4 (KLF4), a stemness-associated transcription factor, promotes the transcription of miR-7 to repress its own translation so that a KLF4-miR-7 auto-regulatory feedback loop is established for mutual regulation of their expression...
2018: American Journal of Cancer Research
Barbara Ogórek, Hilaire C Lam, Damir Khabibullin, Heng-Jia Liu, Julie Nijmeh, Robinson Triboulet, David J Kwiatkowski, Richard I Gregory, Elizabeth P Henske
Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant disease caused by germline inactivating mutations of TSC1 or TSC2. In TSC-associated tumors of the brain, heart, skin, kidney, and lung, inactivation of both alleles of TSC1 or TSC2 leads to hyperactivation of the mTORC1 pathway. The TSC/mTORC1 pathway is a key regulator of cellular processes related to growth, proliferation and autophagy. We and others have previously found that mTORC1 regulates microRNA biogenesis, but the mechanisms are not fully understood...
March 2, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Igor I Titov, Pavel S Vorozheykin
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs proceeds through the different canonical and non-canonical pathways; the most frequent of the non-canonical ones is the splicing-dependent biogenesis of mirtrons. We compare the mirtrons and non-mirtrons of human and mouse to explore how their maturation appears in the precursor structure around the miRNA. RESULTS: We found the coherence of the overhang lengths what indicates the dependence between the cleavage sites. To explain this dependence we suggest the 2-lever model of the Dicer structure that couples the imprecisions in Drosha and Dicer...
February 9, 2018: BMC Genomics
Brian Thomas Joyce, Yinan Zheng, Zhou Zhang, Lei Liu, Masha Kocherginsky, Robert Murphy, Chad Achenbach, Jonah Musa, Firas Wehbe, Allan Just, Jincheng Shen, Pantel Vokonas, Joel Schwartz, Andrea Baccarelli, Lifang Hou
BACKGROUND: Dysregulation of microRNA (miRNA) and methylation levels are epigenetic hallmarks of cancer, potentially linked via miRNA processing genes. Studies have found genetic alterations to miRNA processing genes in cancer cells and human population studies. Our objective was to prospectively examine changes in DNA methylation of miRNA processing genes and their associations with cancer risk. METHODS: We examined cohort data from the Department of Veterans' Affairs' Normative Aging Study...
February 23, 2018: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
Keli L Hippen, Michael Loschi, Jemma Nicholls, Kelli P A MacDonald, Bruce R Blazar
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are key mediators of the immune system. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a family of ~22 nucleotide non-coding RNAs that are processed from longer precursors by the RNases Drosha and Dicer. miRNA regulates protein expression posttranscriptionally through mRNA destabilization or translational silencing. A critical role for miRNA in Treg function was initially discovered when both Dicer and Drosha knockout (KO) mice were found to develop a fatal autoimmune disease phenotypically similar to Foxp3 KO mice...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Apollinaire Ngankeu, Parvathi Ranganathan, Violaine Havelange, Deedra Nicolet, Stefano Volinia, Bayard L Powell, Jonathan E Kolitz, Geoffrey L Uy, Richard M Stone, Steven M Kornblau, Michael Andreeff, Carlo M Croce, Clara D Bloomfield, Ramiro Garzon
We previously reported that microRNA (miR)-29b is down-regulated and has a tumor suppressor role in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). However, little is known about the mechanisms responsible for miR-29b expression downregulation in AML. In this work we screened for mutations that could affect miR-29b expression. Using Sanger sequencing, we identified a germline thymidine (T) base deletion within the miR-29b-1/miR-29a cluster precursor in 16% of AML patients. Remarkably we found a significant enrichment for the presence of the miR-29 polymorphism in core binding factor (CBF) newly diagnosed AML patients (n = 61/303; 20%) with respect to age, sex and race matched controls (n = 43/402:11%, P < 0...
January 12, 2018: Oncotarget
Jiaxin Li, Haijun Lin, Zhenrong Sun, Guanyi Kong, Xu Yan, Yujiao Wang, Xiaoxuan Wang, Yanhua Wen, Xiang Liu, Hongkun Zheng, Mei Jia, Zhongfang Shi, Rong Xu, Shaohua Yang, Fang Yuan
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are a class of long noncoding RNAs with a closed loop structure that regulate gene expression as microRNA sponges. CircRNAs are more enriched in brain tissue, but knowledge of the role of circRNAs in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) has remained limited. This study is the first to identify the global expression profiles and characteristics of circRNAs in human temporal cortex tissue from TLE patients. METHODS: Temporal cortices were collected from 17 TLE patients and 17 non-TLE patients...
January 31, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Wei-Ting Lu, Ben R Hawley, George L Skalka, Robert A Baldock, Ewan M Smith, Aldo S Bader, Michal Malewicz, Felicity Z Watts, Ania Wilczynska, Martin Bushell
The error-free and efficient repair of DNA double-stranded breaks (DSBs) is extremely important for cell survival. RNA has been implicated in the resolution of DNA damage but the mechanism remains poorly understood. Here, we show that miRNA biogenesis enzymes, Drosha and Dicer, control the recruitment of repair factors from multiple pathways to sites of damage. Depletion of Drosha significantly reduces DNA repair by both homologous recombination (HR) and non-homologous end joining (NHEJ). Drosha is required within minutes of break induction, suggesting a central and early role for RNA processing in DNA repair...
February 7, 2018: Nature Communications
E C Martin, A T Qureshi, C B Llamas, M E Burow, A G King, O C Lee, V Dasa, M A Freitas, J A Forsberg, E A Elster, T A Davis, J M Gimble
Stromal/stem cell differentiation is controlled by a vast array of regulatory mechanisms. Included within these are methods of mRNA gene regulation that occur at the level of epigenetic, transcriptional, and/or posttranscriptional modifications. Current studies that evaluate the posttranscriptional regulation of mRNA demonstrate microRNAs (miRNAs) as key mediators of stem cell differentiation through the inhibition of mRNA translation. miRNA expression is enhanced during both adipogenic and osteogenic differentiation; however, the mechanism by which miRNA expression is altered during stem cell differentiation is less understood...
February 7, 2018: Adipocyte
Jung Oh Kim, Jinkun Bae, Jinkwon Kim, Seung Hun Oh, Hui Jeong An, In Bo Han, Doyeun Oh, Ok Joon Kim, Nam Keun Kim
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: MicroRNA (miRNA) expression has been examined in multiple conditions, including various cancers, neurological diseases, and cerebrovascular diseases, particularly stroke. Existing evidence indicates that miRNA biosynthesis and function play crucial roles in ischemic stroke physiology and pathology. In this study, we selected six known polymorphisms in miRNA-biogenesis genes; DICER rs13078A>T, rs3742330A>G; DROSHA rs10719T>C, rs6877842G>C; Ran GTPase ( RAN ) rs14035C>T; exportin 5 ( XPO5 ) rs11077A>C...
January 2018: Journal of Stroke
Yanan Zou, Zixuan Chen, Brett L Jennings, Guannan Zhao, Qingqing Gu, Anindya Bhattacharya, Yan Cui, Bo Yu, Kafait U Malik, Junming Yue
DiGeorge syndrome chromosomal region 8 (DGCR8), a double-stranded-RNA-binding protein, participates in the miRNA biogenesis pathway and contributes to miRNA maturation by interacting with the RNAase III enzyme Drosha in cell nuclei. To investigate the role of DGCR8 in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) at the postnatal stages, we generated tamoxifen-inducible VSMC specific knockout (iKO) mice by crossing DGCR8loxp/loxp with VSMC specific tamoxifen-inducible Cre transgenic mice SMA-Cre-ERT2. DGCR8iKO mice display reduced body weight one month following tamoxifen treatment and died around 3 months...
January 23, 2018: Scientific Reports
Pengying Hao, David J Waxman
Sex-specific temporal patterns of pituitary GH secretion determine the sex-biased transcription of hundreds of genes in the liver and impart significant sex differences in liver physiology, metabolism and disease. Sex differences in hepatic gene expression vary widely, ranging from <2-fold to >1,000-fold in the mouse. Here, we use small RNA sequencing to discover 24 sex-biased mouse liver miRNAs, and then investigate the roles of two of these miRNAs in GH-regulated liver sex differences. Studies in pre-pubertal and young adult mice, and in mice where pituitary hormones are ablated or where sex-specific hepatic GH signaling is dysregulated, demonstrated that the male-biased miR-1948 and the female-biased miR-802 are both regulated by sex-specific pituitary GH secretory patterns, acquire sex specificity at puberty, and are dependent on the GH-activated transcription factor STAT5 for their sex-specific expression...
January 16, 2018: Endocrinology
Xuan Jiang, Whitney L Wooderchak-Donahue, Jamie McDonald, Prajakta Ghatpande, Mai Baalbaki, Melissa Sandoval, Daniel Hart, Hilary Clay, Shaun Coughlin, Giorgio Lagna, Pinar Bayrak-Toydemir, Akiko Hata
The transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) and bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) family of cytokines critically regulates vascular morphogenesis and homeostasis. Impairment of TGF-β or BMP signaling leads to heritable vascular disorders, including hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT). Drosha, a key enzyme for microRNA (miRNA) biogenesis, also regulates the TGF-β and BMP pathway through interaction with Smads and their joint control of gene expression through miRNAs. We report that mice lacking Drosha in the vascular endothelium developed a vascular phenotype resembling HHT that included dilated and disorganized vasculature, arteriovenous fistulae, and hemorrhages...
January 16, 2018: Science Signaling
Shengni Hua, Ling Lei, Ling Deng, Xie Weng, Chengdong Liu, Xiaolong Qi, Shuang Wang, Dongyan Zhang, Xuejing Zou, Chuanhui Cao, Li Liu, Dehua Wu
Cancer cells have metabolic features that allow them to preferentially metabolize glucose through aerobic glycolysis, providing them with a progression advantage. However, microRNA (miRNA) regulation of aerobic glycolysis in cancer cells has not been extensively investigated. We addressed this in the present study by examining the regulation of miR-139-5p on aerobic glycolysis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) using clinical specimens, HCC cells, and a mouse xenograft model. We found that overexpressing miR-139-5p restrained aerobic glycolysis, suppressing proliferation, migration, and invasion in HCC cells...
January 16, 2018: Oncogene
Mohammad Hashemi, Seyed-Shahaboddin Hasani, Majid Naderi
Introduction: It has been well known that the microRNA biogenesis is involved in the pathogenesis of various diseases. We investigated the possible association between DROSHA rs642321 variant and risk of acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Materials and Methods: We genotyped 75 children diagnosed with ALL and 115 age- and sex-matched children with no history of cancer of any type (as the control group) by the tetra amplification refractory mutation system-polymerase chain reaction...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
Mei Fu, Wen-Ming Xu, Tai-Zhou Qin, Ke-Hui Xu
OBJECTIVE: To explore the association between polymorphisms of miRNA biogenesis related gene DICER,DROSHA,RAN and unexplained recurrent spontaneous abortion (URSA) in Chinese women. METHODS: We recruited 217 patients with URSA (URSA group) and 390 healthy controls who were fertile women with history of more than one successful pregnancy outcome (control group) from June 2013 to December 2015 in the West China Second University Hospital of Sichuan University. The control group was recruited from regular physical examination and prepregnancy check for women of childbearing age during the same period...
November 2017: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
Tania Frixa, Andrea Sacconi, Mario Cioce, Giuseppe Roscilli, Fabiana Fosca Ferrara, Luigi Aurisicchio, Claudio Pulito, Stefano Telera, Maria Antonia Carosi, Paola Muti, Sabrina Strano, Sara Donzelli, Giovanni Blandino
Alteration in microRNAs (miRNAs) expression is a frequent finding in human cancers. In particular, widespread miRNAs down-regulation is a hallmark of malignant transformation. In the present report, we showed that the miR-128-3p, which is up-regulated in lung cancer tissues, has Drosha and Dicer, two key enzymes of miRNAs processing, as the main modulation targets leading to the widespread down-regulation of miRNA expression. We observed that the miRNAs downregulation induced by miR-128-3p contributed to the tumorigenic properties of lung cancer cells...
December 11, 2017: Carcinogenesis
Daniel Fernández-Pérez, Miguel A Brieño-Enríquez, Javier Isoler-Alcaraz, Eduardo Larriba, Jesús Del Mazo
In mammals, commitment and specification of germ cell lines involves complex programs that include sex differentiation, control of proliferation, and meiotic initiation. Regulation of these processes is genetically controlled by fine-tuned mechanisms of gene regulation in which microRNAs (miRNAs) are involved. We have characterized, by small-RNA-seq and bioinformatics analyses, the miRNA expression patterns of male and female mouse primordial germ cells (PGCs) and gonadal somatic cells at embryonic stages E11...
March 2018: RNA
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