MPI für molekulare Genetik / Department of Human Molecular Genetics |
|Sequence features associated with microRNA strand selection in humans and flies|
|Authors:||Hu, Hai Yang; Yan, Zheng; Xu, Ying; Hu, Hao; Menzel, Corinna; Zhou, Yan Hong; Chen, Wei; Khaitovich, Philipp|
|Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):||2009-09-04|
|Title of Journal:||BMC Genomics|
|Copyright:||© 2009 Hu et al|
|Review Status:||not specified|
|Abstract / Description:||Background
During microRNA (miRNA) maturation in humans and flies, Drosha and Dicer cut the precursor transcript, thereby producing a short RNA duplex. One strand of this duplex becomes a functional component of the RNA-Induced Silencing Complex (RISC), while the other is eliminated. While thermodynamic asymmetry of the duplex ends appears to play a decisive role in the strand selection process, the details of the selection mechanism are not yet understood.
Here, we assess miRNA strand selection bias in humans and fruit flies by analyzing the sequence composition and relative expression levels of the two strands of the precursor duplex in these species. We find that the sequence elements associated with preferential miRNA strand selection and/or rejection differ between the two species. Further, we identify another feature that distinguishes human and fly miRNA processing machinery: the relative accuracy of the Drosha and Dicer enzymes.
Our result provides clues to the mechanistic aspects of miRNA strand selection in humans and other mammals. Further, it indicates that human and fly miRNA processing pathways are more distinct than currently recognized. Finally, the observed strand selection determinants are instrumental in the rational design of efficient miRNA-based expression regulators.
|Comment of the Author/Creator:||email: email@example.com|
|External Publication Status:||published|
|Communicated by:||Hans-Hilger Ropers|
|Affiliations:||MPI für molekulare Genetik|
|External Affiliations:||Partner Institute for Computational Biology, 320 Yue Yang Road, Shanghai, 200031, PR China
Hubei Bioinformatics and Molecular Imaging Key Laboratory, 1037 Luoyu Road, Wuhan, 430074, PR China
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Robert-Rössle-Strasse 10, 13125 Berlin, Germany
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Deutscher Platz 6, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany
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