ABSTRACT: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are post-transcriptional gene regulators that play important roles in the control of cell fitness, differentiation, and development. The CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system is composed of the Cas9 nuclease in complex with a single guide RNA (sgRNA) and directs DNA cleavage at a predetermined site. Several CRISPR-Cas9 libraries have been constructed for genome-scale knockout screens of protein function; however, few libraries have included miRNA genes. Here we constructed a miRNA-focused CRISPR-Cas9 library that targets 1594 (85%) annotated human miRNA stem-loops. The sgRNAs in our LX-miR library are designed to have high on-target and low off-target activity, and each miRNA is targeted by four to five sgRNAs. We used this sgRNA library to screen for miRNAs that affect cell fitness of HeLa or NCI-N87 cells by monitoring the change in frequency of each sgRNA over time. By considering the expression in the tested cells and the dysregulation of the miRNAs in cancer specimens, we identified five HeLa pro-fitness and cervical cancer up-regulated miRNAs (miR-31-5p, miR-92b-3p, miR-146b-5p, miR-151a-3p, and miR-194-5p). Similarly, we identified six NCI-N87 pro-fitness and gastric cancer up-regulated miRNAs (miR-95-3p, miR-181a-5p, miR-188-5p, miR-196b-5p, miR-584-5p, and miR-1304-3p), as well as three anti-fitness and down-regulated miRNAs (let-7a-3p, miR-100-5p, and miR-149-5p). Some of those miRNAs are known to be oncogenic or tumor-suppressive, but others are novel. Taken together, the LX-miR library is useful for genome-wide unbiased screening to identify miRNAs important for cellular fitness and likely to be useful for other functional screens.
Project description:MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play an important role in the regulation of gene expression and are often dysregulated in disease. The recent development of the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system, composed of the Cas9 nuclease in complex with a single guide RNA (sgRNA), allows researchers to direct DNA cleavage at a predetermined site and to conduct genome-scale knockout screens. To determine the functional role of miRNAs in cancer, we designed and constructed a library of 7,382 sgRNAs to target 85% of the 1,881 annotated human miRNA stem-loops. We then examined the role of miRNAs in HeLa cell fitness by monitoring the change in frequency of each sgRNA over time. We identified 44 pro-proliferative miRNAs from two replicate experiments, including miR-31, a known cervical cancer overexpressing miRNA that enhances HeLa cell proliferation. We also examined the role of miRNAs in NCI-N87 gastric cancer cells and identified 10 pro-fitness and 10 anti-fitness miRNAs. In both screens, many of the pro-fitness miRNAs identified are overexpressed in tumors cervical tumors for HeLa or gastric tumors for NCI-N87. In summary, we present a CRISPR miRNA-targeted screen which was able to identify both known and novel fitness-associated miRNAs in the HeLa and NCI-N87 cell lines. Overall design: The miRNA expression profile of NCI-N87 gastric cancer cells was determined by high throughput miRNA sequencing (NCI-N87_miR-seq). To determine the miRNA expression profile of the clonal HeLa-Cas9 cell line, we determined the miRNA expression in HeLa-Cas9 cells 9 days after transduction with the LX-miR library for two biological replicates (HeLa_1D7_miR-seq and HeLa_2D7_miR-seq). To examine the impact of doxycycline treatment on miRNA expression, we also profiled the miRNA expression in HeLa-Cas9 cells with (HeLa_1D22G1_miR-seq) and without (HeLa_1D22md_miR-seq) doxycycline treatment.
Project description:Posttranscriptional repression of UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT) 2B7 and 2B15 expression by microRNAs (miRNAs) may be an important mechanism underlying inter-individual variability in drug glucuronidation. Furthermore, the UGT2B15 3'-UTR contains a common SNP (rs3100) that could influence miRNA binding. The aim of this study was to identify the complete complement of miRNAs that could regulate UGT2B7 and UGT2B15 expression through binding to the reference and/or variant 3'-UTRs. Luciferase reporter plasmids containing either the reference or variant 3'-UTRs were screened against a 2,048 human miRNA library to identify those miRNAs that decrease luciferase activity by at least 30% when co-transfected into HEK293 cells. Six novel miRNAs (miR-1293, miR-3664-3p, miR-4317, miR-513c-3p, miR-4483, and miR-142-3p) were identified that repressed the reference UGT2B7 3'-UTR, while twelve novel miRNAs (miR-770-5p, miR-103b, miR-3924, miR-376b-3p, miR-455-5p, miR-605, miR-624-3p, miR-4712-5p, miR-3675-3p, miR-6500-5p, miR-548as-3p, and miR-4292) repressed both the reference and rs3100 variant UGT2B15 3'-UTR. Deletion and mutagenesis studies confirmed the binding site location of each miRNA. Although the UGT2B15 rs3100 SNP was located within the miR-376c-3p response element, there was no effect on miRNA binding. miR-142-3p, miR-3664-3p, miR-4317, miR-455-5p, miR-376c-3p, miR-770-5p, miR-3675-3p, miR-331-5p, miR-605, and miR-376b-3p transcript levels were measured by quantitative PCR and correlated with UGT2B7 and UGT2B15 enzyme activities in 27 human liver samples. A significant negative correlation (Rs?=?-0.53; p?=?0.005) was demonstrated between hepatic miR-455-5p transcript levels and UGT2B15-mediated S-oxazepam glucuronidation activities. Thus, the UGT2B7 and UGT2B15 3'-UTRs contain miRNA response elements for multiple miRNAs that may contribute to variable drug glucuronidation.
Project description:BACKGROUND:Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia with no curative therapy currently available. Establishment of sensitive and non-invasive biomarkers that promote an early diagnosis of AD is crucial for the effective administration of disease-modifying drugs. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) mediate posttranscriptional repression of numerous target genes. Aberrant regulation of miRNA expression is implicated in AD pathogenesis, and circulating miRNAs serve as potential biomarkers for AD. However, data analysis of numerous AD-specific miRNAs derived from small RNA-sequencing (RNA-Seq) is most often laborious. METHODS:To identify circulating miRNA biomarkers for AD, we reanalyzed a publicly available small RNA-Seq dataset, composed of blood samples derived from 48 AD patients and 22 normal control (NC) subjects, by a simple web-based miRNA data analysis pipeline that combines omiRas and DIANA miRPath. RESULTS:By using omiRas, we identified 27 miRNAs expressed differentially between both groups, including upregulation in AD of miR-26b-3p, miR-28-3p, miR-30c-5p, miR-30d-5p, miR-148b-5p, miR-151a-3p, miR-186-5p, miR-425-5p, miR-550a-5p, miR-1468, miR-4781-3p, miR-5001-3p, and miR-6513-3p and downregulation in AD of let-7a-5p, let-7e-5p, let-7f-5p, let-7g-5p, miR-15a-5p, miR-17-3p, miR-29b-3p, miR-98-5p, miR-144-5p, miR-148a-3p, miR-502-3p, miR-660-5p, miR-1294, and miR-3200-3p. DIANA miRPath indicated that miRNA-regulated pathways potentially downregulated in AD are linked with neuronal synaptic functions, while those upregulated in AD are implicated in cell survival and cellular communication. CONCLUSIONS:The simple web-based miRNA data analysis pipeline helps us to effortlessly identify candidates for miRNA biomarkers and pathways of AD from the complex small RNA-Seq data.
Project description:Exosomal microRNAs (miRNAs) are promising candidate biomarkers for diagnosis or prognosis for breast cancer. We investigated the prognostic role of exosomal miRNAs in serum samples derived from patients with breast cancer and compared miRNA expression between serum and tumor tissues.The miRNA profile derived from exosome between breast cancer patients with recurrence (n = 16) and without recurrence (n = 16) were compared by miRNA PCR array. Further, we examined the expression of miRNAs derived from tissues in the patients with breast cancer with (n = 35) and without recurrence (n = 39) by qRT-PCR.Of 384 miRNAs, three miRNAs (miR-338-3p, miR-340-5p, and miR-124-3p) were significantly upregulated and eight (miR-29b-3p, miR-20b-5p, miR-17-5p, miR-130a-3p, miR-18a-5p, miR-195-5p, miR-486-5p, and miR-93-5p) were significantly downregulated in the patients with recurrence. We evaluated the expression of the miRNAs in tumor tissues. The patients with recurrence had higher levels of miR-340 at their primary site as well as in the serum. In contrast, miR-195-5p, miR-17-5p, miR-93-5p, and miR-130a-3p, derived from tumor tissues that were downregulated in the serum from patients with recurrence, were higher in the patients with recurrence than in those with no recurrence. In logistic regression analysis, miR-340-5p, miR-17-5p, miR-130a-3p, and miR-93-5p were significantly associated with recurrence.Several exosomal miRNAs may be useful biomarkers to predict breast cancer recurrence. We show the different expression patterns of miRNAs between tumor tissues and serum. These findings may suggest selective mechanism of release of exosomal miRNAs by cancer cells to regulate their progression.
Project description:The outstanding characteristics of circulatory microRNAs (miRNAs) attract much attention in research on disease biomarkers and disease pathogenesis. This study aimed to identify the expression profiles of plasma miRNAs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Thirty-three miRNAs were screened using an miRNA array, of which 9 miRNAs were validated as differentially expressed in the plasma of RA patients compared with healthy controls (HCs). miRNA-4634 (miR-4634), miR-181d and miR-4764-5p expression levels were increased, whereas miR-342-3p, miR-3926, miR-3925-3p, miR-122-3p, miR-9-5p and miR-219-2-3p expression levels were decreased in RA patients. The areas under the curve (AUCs) were generated to estimate the sensitivity and specificity of each miRNA or the panel of all 9 miRNAs as biomarkers for RA. AUCs for 9 individual miRNAs ranged from 0.6254 to 0.818; however, the AUC for the panel of 9 miRNAs reached 0.964. Levels of miR-122-3p, miR-3925-3p, miR-342-3p and miR-4764-5p expression showed significant differences between RA and other control groups. miR-4764-5p, miR-4634, miR-9-5p and miR-219-2-3p exhibited significant correlations with either plasma cytokine and chemokine levels or clinical features. In conclusion, this study identified 9-plasma miRNAs signature in Chinese patients with RA which may serve as noninvasive biomarkers for the diagnosis of RA.
Project description:Breast cancer is the second-most common cancer and second-leading cause of cancer mortality in American women. The dysregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) plays a key role in almost all cancers, including breast cancer. We comprehensively analyzed miRNA expression, global gene expression, and patient survival from the Cancer Genomes Atlas (TCGA) to identify clinically relevant miRNAs and their potential gene targets in breast tumors. In our analysis, we found that increased expression of 12 mature miRNAs-hsa-miR-320a, hsa-miR-361-5p, hsa-miR-103a-3p, hsa-miR-21-5p, hsa-miR-374b-5p, hsa-miR-140-3p, hsa-miR-25-3p, hsa-miR-651-5p, hsa-miR-200c-3p, hsa-miR-30a-5p, hsa-miR-30c-5p, and hsa-let-7i-5p -each predicted improved breast cancer survival. Of the 12 miRNAs, miR-320a, miR-361-5p, miR-21-5p, miR-103a-3p were selected for further analysis. By correlating global gene expression with miRNA expression and then employing miRNA target prediction analysis, we suggest that the four miRNAs may exert protective phenotypes by targeting breast oncogenes that contribute to patient survival. We propose that miR-320a targets the survival-associated genes RAD51, RRP1B, and TDG; miR-361-5p targets ARCN1; and miR-21-5p targets MSH2, RMND5A, STAG2, and UBE2D3. The results of our stringent bioinformatics approach for identifying clinically relevant miRNAs and their targets indicate that miR-320a, miR-361-5p, and miR-21-5p may contribute to breast cancer survival.
Project description:INTRODUCTION:Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a debilitating neurologic disorder with poor survival rates and no clear biomarkers for disease diagnosis and prognosis. METHODS:We compared serum microRNA (miRNA) expression from patients with ALS with healthy controls and patients with multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer disease. We also correlated miRNA expression in cross-sectional and longitudinal cohorts of ALS patients with clinical parameters. RESULTS:We identified 7 miRNAs (miR-192-5p, miR-192-3p, miR-1, miR-133a-3p, miR-133b, miR-144-5p, miR-19a-3p) that were upregulated and 6 miRNAs (miR-320c, miR-320a, let-7d-3p, miR-425-5p, miR-320b, miR-139-5p) that were downregulated in patients with ALS compared with healthy controls, patients with Alzheimer disease, and patients with multiple sclerosis. Changes in 4 miRNAs (miR-136-3p, miR-30b-5p, miR-331-3p, miR-496) correlated positively and change in 1 miRNA (miR-2110) correlated negatively with changes in clinical parameters in longitudinal analysis. DISCUSSION:Our findings identified serum miRNAs that can serve as biomarkers for ALS diagnosis and progression. Muscle Nerve 58: 261-269, 2018.
Project description:It was the aim of the study to identify commonly deregulated miRNAs in oral cancer patients by performing a meta-analysis of previously published miRNA expression profiles in cancer and matched normal non-cancerous tissue in such patients.Meta-analysis included seven independent studies analyzed by a vote-counting method followed by bioinformatic enrichment analysis.Amongst seven independent studies included in the meta-analysis, 20 miRNAs were found to be deregulated in oral cancer when compared with non-cancerous tissue. Eleven miRNAs were consistently up-regulated in three or more studies (miR-21-5p, miR-31-5p, miR-135b-5p, miR-31-3p, miR-93-5p, miR-34b-5p, miR-424-5p, miR-18a-5p, miR-455-3p, miR-450a-5p, miR-21-3p), and nine were down-regulated (miR-139-5p, miR-30a-3p, miR-376c-3p, miR-885-5p, miR-375, miR-486-5p, miR-411-5p, miR-133a-3p, miR-30a-5p). The meta-signature of identified miRNAs was functionally characterized by KEGG enrichment analysis. Twenty-four KEGG pathways were significantly enriched, and TGF-beta signaling was the most enriched signaling pathway. The highest number of meta-signature miRNAs was involved in the sphingolipid signaling pathway. Natural killer cell-mediated cytotoxicity was the pathway with most genes regulated by identified miRNAs. The rest of the enriched pathways in our miRNA list describe different malignancies and signaling.The identified miRNA meta-signature might be considered as a potential battery of biomarkers when distinguishing oral cancer tissue from normal, non-cancerous tissue. Further mechanistic studies are warranted in order to confirm and fully elucidate the role of deregulated miRNAs in oral cancer.
Project description:In the present study, we aimed to investigate the changes in plasma miRNA in patients with wet age-related macular degeneration.The expression profiles of 384 miRNAs in plasma from 33 patients (22 male, 11 female) who were diagnosed with wet age-related macular degeneration with fundus examination, fundus fluorescein angiography, and optical coherence tomography and 31 controls (17 male, 14 female) were evaluated using high-throughput quantitative real-time PCR.Our results demonstrated that the expression level of five miRNAs (miR-17-5p, miR-20a-5p, miR-24-3p, miR-106a-5p, and miR-223-3p) was significantly upregulated in patients with age-related macular degeneration when compared to the control group (p<0.05). The expression level of 11 miRNAs (miR-21-5p, miR-25-3p, miR-140-3p, miR-146b-5p, miR-192-5p, miR-335-5p, miR-342-3p, miR-374a-5p, miR-410, miR-574-3p, and miR-660-5p) was significantly downregulated in patients (p<0.05). In addition, ten miRNAs (miR-26b-5p, miR-27b-3p, miR-29a-3p, miR-139-3p, miR-212-3p, miR-324-3p, miR-324-5p, miR-532-3p, miR-744-5p, and miR-Let-7c) were expressed only in the patient group.Our results suggest that plasma miRNA levels may change in wet age-related macular degeneration. These molecules may have an important therapeutic target in patients who are unresponsive to antivascular endothelial growth factor therapy. However, further studies must be conducted for possible effects of miRNAs in vascular disorders of eye such as age-related macular degeneration.
Project description:BACKGROUND:Ischemic retinopathies (IRs) are leading causes of visual impairment. They are characterized by an initial phase of microvascular degeneration and a second phase of aberrant pre-retinal neovascularization (NV). microRNAs (miRNAs) regulate gene expression, and a number play a role in normal and pathological NV. But, post-transcriptional modulation of miRNAs in the eye during the development of IRs has not been systematically evaluated. AIMS & METHODS:Using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) we profiled miRNA expression in the retina and choroid during vasodegenerative and NV phases of oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR). RESULTS:Approximately 20% of total miRNAs exhibited altered expression (up- or down-regulation); 6% of miRNA were found highly expressed in retina and choroid of rats subjected to OIR. During OIR-induced vessel degeneration phase, miR-199a-3p, -199a-5p, -1b, -126a-3p displayed a robust decreased expression (> 85%) in the retina. While in the choroid, miR-152-3p, -142-3p, -148a-3p, -532-3p were upregulated (>200%) and miR-96-5p, -124-3p, -9a-3p, -190b-5p, -181a-1-3p, -9a-5p, -183-5p were downregulated (>70%) compared to controls. During peak pathological NV, miR-30a-5p, -30e-5p and 190b-5p were markedly reduced (>70%), and miR-30e-3p, miR-335, -30b-5p strongly augmented (by up to 300%) in the retina. Whereas in choroid, miR-let-7f-5p, miR-126a-5p and miR-101a-3p were downregulated by (>81%), and miR-125a-5p, let-7e-5p and let-7g-5p were upregulated by (>570%) during NV. Changes in miRNA observed using NGS were validated using qRT-PCR for the 24 most modulated miRNAs. In silico approach to predict miRNA target genes (using algorithms of miRSystem database) identified potential new target genes with pro-inflammatory, apoptotic and angiogenic properties. CONCLUSION:The present study is the first comprehensive description of retinal/choroidal miRNAs profiling in OIR (using NGS technology). Our results provide a valuable framework for the characterization and possible therapeutic potential of specific miRNAs involved in ocular IR-triggered inflammation, angiogenesis and degeneration.