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    ABSTRACT: Liver-specific microRNA-122 (miR-122) is involved in the replication of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and its potential as a target for antiviral intervention was recently assessed. However, the use of circulating miR-122 in the evaluation of liver function has never been reported. In the present study, changes of serum miRNA levels were first evaluated in acute human hepatotoxicity due to paraquat exposure. Serum samples were collected and analyzed using real-time reverse transcription PCR. The results showed a positive correlation between serum miR-122 and alanine aminotransferase, a clinical biomarker for liver function. Furthermore, serum miR-122 was assessed in patients with hepatitis B and hepatocarcinoma, resulting in distinct miR-122 profiles in these two closely related diseases. In addition to miR-122, another small RNA, U6 small nuclear RNA, was downregulated in hepatocarcinoma patients, suggesting its prognostic significance in this disease. Taken together, these lines of evidence indicate that serum miR-122 may provide a biomarker for diverse liver diseases and, more importantly, suggest that a combination of nucleic acid biomarkers may be used as a sensitive and specific index for discriminating closely related diseases.
    Molecular Medicine Reports 03/2012; 5(6):1428-32. · 1.17 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A negative selection strategy was used in the present study to isolate long polyA-minus RNAs from the total transcriptome and a long non-coding RNA named Yiya was identified. Yiya is a 1.9 kb long intergenic ncRNA gene mapped to chromosome 1q41, a well-established cancer susceptibility locus. Expression profiling revealed a general and regulated expression pattern of Yiya in major tissues, and more interestingly, identified elevated mRNA levels in different cancers. Quantitative analysis further demonstrated a dynamic regulation of Yiya expression in cell cycle progression, suggesting that it was involved in cell cycle regulation. Supporting this, overexpression of Yiya promotes cell cycle progression at the G1/S transition, therefore identifying Yiya as a cell-cycle-associated long non-coding RNA.
    RNA biology 01/2012; 9(1):110-6. · 5.56 Impact Factor