miR-142-3p is essential for hematopoiesis and affects cardiac cell fate in zebrafish.
ABSTRACT MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play a pivotal role during embryonic development and are required for proper organogenesis, including hematopoiesis. Recent studies suggest that, in the early mesoderm, there is an interaction between the hematopoietic and cardiac lineages. However, whether miRNAs can affect other lineages remains unknown. Therefore, we investigated whether hematopoietic miR-142-3p modulated the mesoderm formation. We report that knockdown (KD) of miR-142-3p, a hematopoietic-specific miRNA, in zebrafish resulted in loss of hematopoiesis during embryonic development. Intriguingly, we observed abnormal cardiac phenotypes and insufficiency of somitegenesis in KD-morphants. In the early developmental stage, a tiny heart, contractile dysfunction in the ventricle, cardiac arrhythmia (e.g. a 2:1 ratio of atrial:ventricular beating), and bradycardia were consistently observed. Histological examination revealed severe hypoplasia of the ventricle and disrupted muscle alignment. To determine the mechanism, we performed DNA microarray analysis. The results revealed that the expression of several mesodermal genes essential for the formation of cardiac and somatic mesoderm, such as no tail, T-box gene 16, mesoderm posterior a, one eye pinhead, and rho-associated, coiled-coil containing protein kinase (Rock2a), were increased in miR-142-3p KD-morphants. The luciferase reporter assay revealed that miR-142-3p repressed luciferase activity on the Rock2a 3'-UTR. The findings of the present study indicate that miR-142-3p plays a critical role in hematopoiesis, cardiogenesis, and somitegenesis in the early stage of mesoderm formation via regulation of Rock2a.
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ABSTRACT: Previous studies on developmental hematopoiesis have mainly focused on signaling and transcription factors, while the appreciation of epigenetic regulation including that of microRNAs is recent. Here, we show that in zebrafish and mouse, miR-142-3p is specifically expressed in hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). Knockdown of miR-142a-3p in zebrafish led to a reduced population of HSCs in the aorta-gonad-mesonephros (AGM) region as well as T-cell defects in the thymus. Mechanistically, miR-142a-3p regulates HSC formation and differentiation through the repression of interferon regulatory factor 7 (irf7)-mediated inflammation signaling. Finally, we show that miR-142-3p is also involved in the development of HSCs in mouse AGM, suggesting that it has a highly conserved role in vertebrates. Together, these findings unveil the pivotal roles that miR-142a-3p plays in the formation and differentiation of HSCs by repressing irf7 signaling.Cell Research advance online publication 29 October 2013; doi:10.1038/cr.2013.145.Cell Research 10/2013; · 10.53 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Relative quantification is the strategy of choice for processing real-time quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) data in microRNA (miRNA) expression studies. Normalization of relative quantification data is performed by comparison to reference genes. In teleost species, such as grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), the determination of reference miRNAs and the optimal numbers of these that should be used has not been widely studied. In the present study, the stability of seven miRNAs (miR-126-3p, miR-101a, miR-451, miR-22a, miR-146, miR-142a-5p and miR-192) was investigated by RT-qPCR in different tissues and in different development stages of grass carp. Stability values were calculated with geNorm, NormFinder, BestKeeper and Delta CT algorithms. The results showed that tissue type is an important variability factor for miRNA expression stability. All seven miRNAs had good stability values and, therefore, could be used as reference miRNAs. When all tissues and developmental stages were considered, miR-101a was the most stable miRNA. When each tissue type was considered separately, the most stable miRNAs were 126-3p in blood and liver, 101a in the gills, 192 in the kidney, 451 in the intestine and 22a in the brain, head kidney, spleen, heart, muscle, skin and fin. 126-3p was the most stable reference miRNA gene during developmental stages 1-5, while 22a was the most stable during developmental stages 6-18. Overall, this study provides valuable information about the reference miRNAs that can be used to perform appropriate normalizations when undertaking relative quantification in RT-qPCR studies of grass carp.Fish & Shellfish Immunology 12/2013; · 2.96 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: MicroRNAs are endogenous, small non-coding RNAs approximately 18-26 nucleotides in length that regulate target gene expression at the post-transcription level. Interferon-γ (IFN-γ) is a Th1 cytokine that is involved in both the innate and adaptive immune responses. We previously identified two IFN-γ genes in green-spotted puffer fish (Tetraodon nigroviridis). To determine whether miRNAs participate in IFN-γ-related immune responses, T. nigroviridis spleen cells were treated with recombinant IFN-γ isoforms, and a Solexa high-throughput sequencing method was used to identify miRNAs. In total, 1,556, 1,538 and 1,573 miRNAs were found in the three samples, and differentially expressed miRNAs were determined. In total, 398 miRNAs were differentially expressed after rIFN-γ1 treatment, and 438 miRNAs were differentially expressed after rIFN-γ2 treatment; additionally, 403 miRNAs were differentially expressed between the treatment groups. Ten differentially expressed miRNAs were chosen for validation using qRT-PCR. Target genes for the differentially expressed miRNAs were predicted, and GO and KEGG analyses were performed. This study provides basic knowledge regarding fish IFN-γ-induced miRNAs and offers clues for further studies into the mechanisms underlying fish IFN-γ-mediated immune responses.PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(5):e96336. · 3.73 Impact Factor