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long noncoding Rnas

Yue Li, Junetha Syed, Hiroshi Sugiyama
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play a pivotal role in the regulation of biological processes through various mechanisms that are not fully understood. Proposed mechanisms include regulation based on RNA-protein interactions, as well as RNA-RNA interactions and RNA-DNA interactions. Here, we focus on one possible mechanism that lncRNA might be using to impact biological function, the RNA-DNA triplex formation. We summarize currently available examples of lncRNA triplex formation and discuss the details surrounding orientation of triplex formation as one of the key properties guiding this process...
October 14, 2016: Cell Chemical Biology
Jianyin Long, Shawn S Badal, Zengchun Ye, Yin Wang, Bernard A Ayanga, Daniel L Galvan, Nathanael H Green, Benny H Chang, Paul A Overbeek, Farhad R Danesh
The regulatory roles of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in transcriptional coactivators are still largely unknown. Here, we have shown that the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) coactivator α (PGC-1α, encoded by Ppargc1a) is functionally regulated by the lncRNA taurine-upregulated gene 1 (Tug1). Further, we have described a role for Tug1 in the regulation of mitochondrial function in podocytes. Using a murine model of diabetic nephropathy (DN), we performed an unbiased RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) analysis of kidney glomeruli and identified Tug1 as a differentially expressed lncRNA in the diabetic milieu...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Peter F Davies, Elisabetta Manduchi, Christian J Stoeckert, Yi-Zhou Jiang
Hemodynamics creates a constantly changing physical and chemical environment to which the arterial endothelium is exquisitely sensitive. Biomechanical stresses are intrinsic to blood flow characteristics and blood pressure and therefore are important considerations in hypertension. Near branching anatomical sites in arteries, blood flow separates from the main flow to undergo complex multi-directional characteristics for a part of each cardiac cycle (collectively referred to as disturbed flow). Atherosclerosis and aneurysmal pathology develop preferentially at disturbed flow locations, particularly when an additional cardiovascular risk factor such as hypercholesterolemia or high blood pressure are present...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Stephen Harrap
Genetic discovery in blood pressure is generally referenced in relation to protein-coding genes, despite the fact that genes less than 2% of the genome. Recent exploration of the DNA sequences between genes, once called "junk" DNA, has revealed a wealth of transcripts for RNA species that do not encode protein. These non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) have emerged as dynamic managers of the business of the genome, able to coordinate the expression of genes in time and space to achieve the complexities of normal development and growth...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Wei Lan, Min Li, Kaijie Zhao, Jin Liu, Fang-Xiang Wu, Yi Pan, Jianxin Wang
MOTIVATION: Increasing evidences have demonstrated that long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play important roles in many human diseases. Therefore, predicting novel lncRNA-disease associations would contribute to dissect the complex mechanisms of disease pathogenesis. Some computational methods have been developed to infer lncRNA-disease associations. However, most of these methods infer lncRNA-disease associations only based on single data resource. RESULTS: In this paper, we propose a new computational method to predict lncRNA-disease associations by integrating multiple biological data resources...
October 14, 2016: Bioinformatics
Zhen-Hua Chen, Wen-Tao Wang, Wei Huang, Ke Fang, Yu-Meng Sun, Shu-Rong Liu, Xue-Qun Luo, Yue-Qin Chen
Increasing evidence has indicated that long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are of great importance in different cell contexts. However, only a very small number of lncRNAs have been experimentally validated and functionally annotated during human hematopoiesis. Here, we report an lncRNA, HOTAIRM1, which is associated with myeloid differentiation and has pivotal roles in the degradation of oncoprotein PML-RARA and in myeloid cell differentiation by regulating autophagy pathways. We first revealed that HOTAIRM1 has different variants that are expressed at different levels in cells and that the expression pattern of HOTAIRM1 is closely related to that of the PML-RARA oncoprotein in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) patients...
October 14, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
Aline Koch, Dagmar Biedenkopf, Alexandra Furch, Lennart Weber, Oliver Rossbach, Eltayb Abdellatef, Lukas Linicus, Jan Johannsmeier, Lukas Jelonek, Alexander Goesmann, Vinitha Cardoza, John McMillan, Tobias Mentzel, Karl-Heinz Kogel
Meeting the increasing food and energy demands of a growing population will require the development of ground-breaking strategies that promote sustainable plant production. Host-induced gene silencing has shown great potential for controlling pest and diseases in crop plants. However, while delivery of inhibitory noncoding double-stranded (ds)RNA by transgenic expression is a promising concept, it requires the generation of transgenic crop plants which may cause substantial delay for application strategies depending on the transformability and genetic stability of the crop plant species...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Xin Yin, Su-Su Zheng, Lan Zhang, Xiao-Ying Xie, Yan Wang, Bo-Heng Zhang, Weizhong Wu, Shuangjian Qiu, Zheng-Gang Ren
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most prevalent and malignant type of liver cancer. Besides the high incidence, the resistance to chemotherapy is a major problem that leads to the high mortality of HCC. Recently, aberrant expression of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) has been considered as a primary feature of many types of cancer. However, the genome-wide expression pattern and associated functional implications of lncRNAs in chemo-resistant HCC cells remain unknown. In this study, we identified 120 differentially expressed lncRNAs with 61 up-regulated and 59 down-regulated (fold change>2, p<0...
October 8, 2016: Gene
Lei Sun, Peng Sun, Qi-Ying Zhou, Xiangchun Gao, Qing Han
Increasing evidences have demonstrated that long noncoding RNAs (LncRNAs) play a significant role in the development of tumor. However, the role of metastasis-associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1 (MALAT1) in uveal melanoma remains unknown. In this study, we demonstrated that the expression of MALAT1 was upregulated in the uveal melanoma tissues compared to normal tissues. Among them, MALAT1 was upregulated in 72% (18/25) uveal melanoma tissues compared to their paired normal tissues. Knockdown of MALAT1 suppressed uveal melanoma cell proliferation, colony information, invasion and migration...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Fang Zhang, Guiyou Liu, Yali Bu, Xiaofeng Ma, Junwei Hao
For the epigenetic characterization of myasthenia gravis (MG), we determined whether long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) and messenger RNAs (mRNAs) are expressed differentially in subjects with and without MG. Compared with healthy control subjects, the MG patients had 1561 upregulated lncRNAs, 1034 downregulated lncRNAs, 921 upregulated mRNAs, and 806 downregulated mRNAs (fold change>2.0). Several GO terms including nucleic acid transcription factor activity, inflammatory response, regulation of leukocyte activation, lymphocyte proliferation and regulation of B cell proliferation were enriched in gene lists, suggesting a potential correlation with MG...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Atsuko Miki, Josephine Galipon, Satoshi Sawai, Toshifumi Inada, Kunihiro Ohta
Antisense RNA has emerged as a crucial regulator of opposite-strand protein-coding genes in the long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) category, but little is known about their dynamics and decay process in the context of a stress response. Antisense transcripts from the fission yeast fbp1 locus (fbp1-as) are expressed in glucose-rich conditions and anticorrelated with transcription of metabolic stress-induced lncRNA (mlonRNA) and mRNA on the sense strand during glucose starvation. Here, we investigate the localization and decay of antisense RNAs at fbp1 and other loci, and propose a model to explain the rapid switch between antisense and sense mlonRNA/mRNA transcription triggered by glucose starvation...
October 10, 2016: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
Long-Ji Luo, Dan-Dan Wang, Jing Wang, Fan Yang, Jin-Hai Tang
MicroRNAs (miRNAs), a series of small noncoding RNAs that regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional/translational level, are pivotal in cell differentiation, biological development, occurrence, and development of diseases, especially in cancers. Early studies have shown that miRNA-335 (miR-335) is widely dysregulated in human cancers and play critical roles in tumorigenesis and tumor progression. In this review, we aim to summarize the regulation of miR-335 expression mechanisms in cancers. We focus on the target genes regulated by miR-335 and its downstream signaling pathways involved in the biological effects of tumor growth, invasion, and metastasis both in vitro and in vivo, and analyze the relationships between miR-335 expression and the clinical characteristics of tumors as well as its effects on prognosis...
October 8, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Yu Zhang, Yu-Zhong Xu, Ning Sun, Jian-Hong Liu, Fang-Fang Chen, Xiao-Long Guan, Ang Li, Fei Wang, Qin-Fei Zhao, Hai-Yong Wang, Shu-Sheng Song, Wei Yu, Jian-Ning Zhao, Xiao-Jun Li
BACKGROUND: Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have recently received wide attention as key molecules that mediate a variety of physiological and pathological processes by regulating gene expression; however, knowledge of lncRNAs in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is limited. Thus, we investigated the lncRNA expression profile in fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLSs) from patients with RA and explored the function of abundantly expressed lncRNAs. METHODS: LncRNA and mRNA microarrays were performed to identify differentially expressed lncRNAs in RA FLSs compared with normal FLSs...
October 6, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Ruya Zhang, Fang Ni, Binqing Fu, Yang Wu, Rui Sun, Zhigang Tian, Haiming Wei
Natural killer (NK) cells are innate immune lymphocytes that play critical roles in host defense against viral infection and surveillance against malignant transformation. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are important immune system regulators. Here, we analyzed human primary lymphocyte lncRNA expression profiles to identify NK-lncRNA signatures. We detected numerous novel NK-specific lncRNAs with potential roles in regulating human NK cell differentiation and function. Expression of lnc-CD56, an NK-specific lncRNA, was positively correlated with that of CD56, a classical human NK cell surface marker...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Xuexin Gao, Xuezhen Gao, Chao Li, Yukun Zhang, Lei Gao
Lung cancer remains a critical health concern worldwide. Long noncoding RNAs with ultraconserved elements have recently been implicated in human tumorigenesis. The present study investigated the role of ultraconserved element 338 (uc.338) in the regulation of cell proliferation and metastasis in human lung cancer. Our data showed that the expression of uc.338 in lung cancer was remarkably increased in vivo and in vitro. Depletion of uc.338 with specific siRNA interference retarded the cell proliferative rate in lung cancer cell lines NCI-H929 and H1688...
2016: Oncology Research
Xiaowen Liu, Renrong Lv, Linfeng Zhang, Guangqi Xu, Jianhai Bi, Feng Gao, Jian Zhang, Feng Xue, Fagang Wang, Yiliang Wu, Cong Fu, Qiang Wang, Ran Huo
Infantile hemangioma (IH) is one of the most common vascular tumors of childhood. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) play a critical role in angiogenesis, but their involvement in hemangioma remains unknown. This study aimed to assess the expression profiles of lncRNAs in IH and adjacent normal tissue samples, exploring the biological functions of lncRNAs as well as their involvement in IH pathogenesis. The lncRNA expression profiles were determined by lncRNA microarrays. A total of 1259 and 857 lncRNAs were upregulated and downregulated in IH, respectively, at a fold change cutoff of 2...
October 5, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Neville E Sanjana, Jason Wright, Kaijie Zheng, Ophir Shalem, Pierre Fontanillas, Julia Joung, Christine Cheng, Aviv Regev, Feng Zhang
The noncoding genome affects gene regulation and disease, yet we lack tools for rapid identification and manipulation of noncoding elements. We developed a CRISPR screen using ~18,000 single guide RNAs targeting >700 kilobases surrounding the genes NF1, NF2, and CUL3, which are involved in BRAF inhibitor resistance in melanoma. We find that noncoding locations that modulate drug resistance also harbor predictive hallmarks of noncoding function. With a subset of regions at the CUL3 locus, we demonstrate that engineered mutations alter transcription factor occupancy and long-range and local epigenetic environments, implicating these sites in gene regulation and chemotherapeutic resistance...
September 30, 2016: Science
Sudhanshu Shukla, Joseph R Evans, Rohit Malik, Felix Y Feng, Saravana M Dhanasekaran, Xuhong Cao, Guoan Chen, David G Beer, Hui Jiang, Arul M Chinnaiyan
BACKGROUND: Precision therapy for lung cancer will require comprehensive genomic testing to identify actionable targets as well as ascertain disease prognosis. RNA-seq is a robust platform that meets these requirements, but microarray-derived prognostic signatures are not optimal for RNA-seq data. Thus, we undertook the first prognostic analysis of lung adenocarcinoma RNA-seq data and generated a prognostic signature. METHODS: Lung adenocarcinoma RNA-seq and clinical data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) were divided chronologically into training (n = 255) and validation (n = 157) cohorts...
January 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
C L Li, X Y Du, J Gao, C Wang, H G Guo, F W Dai, X Y Sa, W An, Z W Chen
Meriones unguiculatus (Gerbillinae, Rodentia) is widely used as an animal model of human disease. Here, we provide the first report of the complete mitochondrial genome sequence of M. unguiculatus (GenBank accession Nos. KF425526 and NC_023263). The sequence contained the conserved vertebrate pattern of 13 protein-coding genes, 2 ribosomal RNAs, 22 transfer RNAs, and 1 major noncoding region. We identified one extended termination-associated sequence and one conserved sequence block in the non-coding region...
September 16, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Kaveh Daneshvar, Joshua V Pondick, Byeong-Moo Kim, Chan Zhou, Samuel R York, Jillian A Macklin, Ameed Abualteen, Bo Tan, Alla A Sigova, Chelsea Marcho, Kimberly D Tremblay, Jesse Mager, Michael Y Choi, Alan C Mullen
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) exhibit diverse functions, including regulation of development. Here, we combine genome-wide mapping of SMAD3 occupancy with expression analysis to identify lncRNAs induced by activin signaling during endoderm differentiation of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs). We find that DIGIT is divergent to Goosecoid (GSC) and expressed during endoderm differentiation. Deletion of the SMAD3-occupied enhancer proximal to DIGIT inhibits DIGIT and GSC expression and definitive endoderm differentiation...
October 4, 2016: Cell Reports
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