TITLE

Identification of rat lung-specific microRNAs by micoRNA microarray: valuable discoveries for the facilitation of lung research

AUTHOR(S)
Yang Wang; Tingting Weng; Deming Gou; Zhongming Chen; Chintagari, Narendranath Reddy; Lin Liu
PUB. DATE
January 2007
SOURCE
BMC Genomics;2007, Vol. 8, p29
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background: An important mechanism for gene regulation utilizes small non-coding RNAs called microRNAs (miRNAs). These small RNAs play important roles in tissue development, cell differentiation and proliferation, lipid and fat metabolism, stem cells, exocytosis, diseases and cancers. To date, relatively little is known about functions of miRNAs in the lung except lung cancer. Results: In this study, we utilized a rat miRNA microarray containing 216 miRNA probes, printed in-house, to detect the expression of miRNAs in the rat lung compared to the rat heart, brain, liver, kidney and spleen. Statistical analysis using Significant Analysis of Microarray (SAM) and Tukey Honestly Significant Difference (HSD) revealed 2 miRNAs (miR-195 and miR-200c) expressed specifically in the lung and 9 miRNAs co-expressed in the lung and another organ. 12 selected miRNAs were verified by Northern blot analysis. Conclusion: The identified lung-specific miRNAs from this work will facilitate functional studies of miRNAs during normal physiological and pathophysiological processes of the lung.
ACCESSION #
28858766

 

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