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Genome-Wide Profiling of miRNA and mRNA Expression in Alzheimer’s Disease

Wan-Sheng Chang, Yong-Hong Wang, Xiao-Tun Zhu, Chuan-Jie Wu

(Department of Neurology, The Second People’s Hospital of Liaocheng, Liaocheng Shandong, China (mainland))

Med Sci Monit 2017; 23:2721-2731

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.905064


BACKGROUND: Our study aimed to identify key differentially expressed genes (DEGs) and miRNAs (DEmiRNAs) which can serve as potential biomarkers for diagnosis and therapy of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed miRNA and mRNA integrated analysis (MMIA) to identify DEGs and DEmiRNAs of AD. The AD-specific DEmiRNAs-targets interaction network was contrasted. Gene ontology (GO) and Kyoto encyclopedia of genes and genomes (KEGG) pathway enrichment analysis were performed. Q-RT-PCR was used to verify the expression of selected DEGs and DEmiRNAs.
RESULTS: We conducted MMIA of AD based on 1 miRNA dataset and 3 mRNA datasets derived from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database; 1759 DEGs and 12 DEmiRNAs were obtained. DEGs of AD were significantly enriched in Huntington’s disease and AD. LRP1, CDK5R1, PLCb2, NDUFA4, and DLG4 were 5 DEGs regulated by 4 DEmiRNAs, including miR-26b-5p, miR-26a-5p, miR-107, and miR-103a-3p. These 4 miRNAs were the top 4 miRNAs covering most DEGs. According to the qRT-PCR results, the expression of PLCβ2, NDUFA4, DLG4, miR-107, and miR-103a-3p was consistent with our integrated analysis.
CONCLUSIONS: We concluded that LRP1, CDK5R1, PLCβ2, NDUFA4, and DLG4 may play a role in AD regulated by miR-26b-5p, miR-26a-5p, miR-107, and miR-103a-3p. Our findings will contribute to identification of biomarkers and new strategies for drug design for AD treatment.

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