Specific sequence determinants of miR-15/107 microRNA gene group targets

Peter T. Nelson, Wang Xia Wang, Guogen Mao, Bernard R. Wilfred, Kevin Xie, Mary H. Jennings, Zhen Gao, Xiaowei Wang

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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) target mRNAs in human cells via complex mechanisms that are still incompletely understood. Using anti-Argonaute (anti-AGO) antibody co-immunoprecipitation, followed by microarray analyses and downstream bioinformatics, 'RIP-Chip' experiments enable direct analyses of miRNA targets. RIP-Chip studies (and parallel assessments of total input mRNA) were performed in cultured H4 cells after transfection with miRNAs corresponding to the miR-15/107 gene group (miR-103, miR-107, miR-16 and miR-195), and five control miRNAs. Three biological replicates were run for each condition with a total of 54 separate human Affymetrix Human Gene 1.0 ST array replicates. Computational analyses queried for determinants of miRNA:mRNA binding. The analyses support four major findings: (i) RIP-Chip studies correlated with total input mRNA profiling provides more comprehensive information than using either RIP-Chip or total mRNA profiling alone after miRNA transfections; (ii) new data confirm that miR-107 paralogs target coding sequence (CDS) of mRNA; (iii) biochemical and computational studies indicate that the 3′ portion of miRNAs plays a role in guiding miR-103/7 to the CDS of targets; and (iv) there are major sequence-specific targeting differences between miRNAs in terms of CDS versus 3′-untranslated region targeting, and stable AGO association versus mRNA knockdown. Future studies should take this important miRNA-to-miRNA variability into account.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8163-8172
Number of pages10
JournalNucleic Acids Research
Issue number18
StatePublished - Oct 2011

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Funding Information:
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (grants R01 NS061933, R01 GM089784 and K08 NS050110); Alzheimer Association (NIRG-89917). Funding for open access charge: National Institutes of Health (grants R21AG036875, R01NS061933).

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  • Genetics


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