Genome-wide identification and analysis of microRNA responding to long-term waterlogging in crown roots of maize seedlings

National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China.
Physiologia Plantarum (Impact Factor: 3.14). 05/2012; 147(2). DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-3054.2012.01653.x
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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are critical post-transcriptional modulators of gene expression involving in plant responses to abiotic stress. However, the regulation of miRNA in the morphological response to waterlogging is poorly understood in maize. In this study, we detected miRNAs and their targets that expressed in waterlogged crown roots of maize seedlings in two inbred lines (Hz32 and Mo17) by RNA sequencing. A total of 61 mature miRNAs were found including 36 known maize (zma) miRNAs and 25 potential novel miRNA candidates. Comparison of miRNA expression in both waterlogged and control crown roots revealed 32 waterlogging-responsive miRNAs, most were consistently downregulated under waterlogging in the two inbred lines. We identified the miRNA targets through degradome sequencing. Many known miRNA targets involving in transcription regulation and reactive oxygen species elimination were found in the degradome libraries, and 17 targets of 10 newly detected miRNAs were identified as well. Moreover, the miRNA-mediated pathways that respond to waterlogging and regulate the induction of crown roots were discussed. This study is a comprehensive survey of responsive miRNAs in waterlogged maize crown roots. The results will help to understand the miRNA expression in response to waterlogging and miRNA-mediated regulation of morphological adaptation to waterlogging in maize.

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    • "We also identified 57 new target genes of conserved miRNAs in maize (Table 3). Among the 127 miRNA target genes, 67 (53%) had been predicted previously [17], 56 (44%) cross-validated with other degradome libraries prepared from plants under different stress conditions [25,28-30], and 8 have been validated by 5′-RACE and/or genetic experiments [25,28,30,32,33,36]. The targets of conserved miRNAs were highly abundant in the four sequenced target libraries, and were often classified as category 0, 1, or 2 targets (Table 3, Additional file 11). "
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    • "Recently developed high-throughput sequencing strategies have greatly expanded the depth of miRNA cloning coverage [8,9]. In addition to model species, more sRNAs have been identified from crop plants such as rice [10-12], maize [13,14], and wheat [15,16]. Studies of plant miRNAs have indicated that this group of regulatory molecules plays crucial roles in numerous biological processes, e.g., general plant development [17,18] and responses to environmental signals [10,19-21]. "
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    • "Eighty-five potentially new miRNAs, which had not been registered on miRBase (release 19), were identified from four small RNA sequencing libraries (Supplementary Data Table S2). Compared with novel maize miRNAs identified in the recent literature (Jiao et al., 2011; Wang et al., 2011; Ding et al., 2012; Zhang et al., 2012; Zhao et al., 2012; Zhai et al., 2013), 55 out of 85 potentially new miRNAs identified in this study were first reported. The corresponding miRNA*s were also identified for 65 of these potentially new miRNAs. "
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