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Identification and differential regulation of microRNAs during thyroid hormone-dependent metamorphosis in Microhyla fissipes

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Identification and differential regulation of microRNAs during thyroid hormone-dependent metamorphosis in Microhyla fissipes
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BMC Genomics, June 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12864-018-4848-x
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Lusha Liu, Wei Zhu, Jiongyu Liu, Shouhong Wang, Jianping Jiang


Anuran metamorphosis, which is obligatorily initiated and sustained by thyroid hormone (TH), is a dramatic example of extensive morphological, biochemical and cellular changes occurring during post-embryonic development. Thus, it provides an ideal model to understand the actions of the hormone and molecular mechanisms underlying these developmental and apoptotic processes. In addition to transcriptional factors, microRNAs (miRNAs) play key roles in diverse biological processes via post-transcriptional repression of mRNAs. However, the possible role of miRNAs in anuran metamorphosis is not well understood. Screening and identification of TH-responding miRNAs are required to reveal the integrated regulatory mechanisms of TH during metamorphosis. Given the specific role of TRs during M. fissipes metamorphosis and the characteristics of M. fissipes as an ideal model, Illumina sequencing technology was employed to get a full scope of miRNA in M. fissipes metamorphosis treated by T3. Morphological and histological analysis revealed that 24 h T3 treatment M. fissipes tadpoles resembled that at the climax of natural metamorphosis. Thus, small RNA libraries were constructed from control and 24 h T3 treatment groups. A total of 164 conserved miRNAs and 36 predicted novel miRNAs were characterized. Furthermore, 5' first and ninth nucleotides of miRNAs were significantly enriched in U in our study. In all, 21 miRNAs were differentially expressed between the T3 and control groups (p < 0.01). A total of 10,206 unigenes were identified as target genes of these differentially expressed miRNAs. KEGG pathway analysis indicated that the most overrepresented miRNA target genes were enriched in the "PI3k-Akt signaling pathway". In addition, a network associated with the TH signaling pathway provides an opportunity to further understand the complex biological processes that occur in metamorphosis. We identified a large number of miRNAs during M. fissipes metamorphosis, and 21 of them were differentially expressed in the two groups that represented two different metamorphic stages. These miRNAs may play important roles during metamorphosis. The study gives us clues for further studies of the mechanisms of anuran metamorphosis and provides a model to study the mechanism of TH-affected biological processes in humans.

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Unknown 13 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 4 31%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 23%
Student > Postgraduate 2 15%
Researcher 1 8%
Professor > Associate Professor 1 8%
Other 1 8%
Unknown 1 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 38%
Neuroscience 3 23%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 8%
Sports and Recreations 1 8%
Psychology 1 8%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 2 15%

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