Yang, W. et al. Modulation of microRNA processing and expression through RNA editing by ADAR deaminases. Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol. 13, 13-21

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Nature Structural & Molecular Biology (Impact Factor: 13.31). 02/2006; 13(1):13-21. DOI: 10.1038/nsmb1041
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Adenosine deaminases acting on RNA (ADARs) are involved in editing of adenosine residues to inosine in double-stranded RNA (dsRNA). Although this editing recodes and alters functions of several mammalian genes, its most common targets are noncoding repeat sequences, indicating the involvement of this editing system in currently unknown functions other than recoding of protein sequences. Here we show that specific adenosine residues of certain microRNA (miRNA) precursors are edited by ADAR1 and ADAR2. Editing of pri-miR-142, the precursor of miRNA-142, expressed in hematopoietic tissues, resulted in suppression of its processing by Drosha. The edited pri-miR-142 was degraded by Tudor-SN, a component of RISC and also a ribonuclease specific to inosine-containing dsRNAs. Consequently, mature miRNA-142 expression levels increased substantially in ADAR1 null or ADAR2 null mice. Our results demonstrate a new function of RNA editing in the control of miRNA biogenesis.

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    • "In double-stranded regions of RNA, the I-U base pair is unstable compared to the parental A-U base pair, leading to changes in secondary structure of RNA that can result in degradation (Wang et al., 2013). In mammals, ADAR1 edits coding RNAs (Hartner et al., 2004), microRNAs (Yang et al., 2006), and the RNA transcripts of the prolific SINE retroelements (Osenberg et al., 2010). Interestingly, ADAR1 deficiency in mice results in embryonic lethality, accompanied by massive overproduction of type I IFNs and hematopoietic failure (Hartner et al., 2004, 2009; Wang et al., 2000). "
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    • "First, miRNAs that contain multiple inosines can themselves be targeted for degradation by specific ribonucleases (Garcia-Lopez et al., 2013). Editing sites in miRNA precursors can interfere with the efficiency of processing by Drosha (Yang et al., 2006b) or Dicer (Kawahara et al., 2007a), thus regulating the abundance of the mature miRNA. ADAR can also be beneficial to processing. "
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    • "The purpose of these modifications is context dependent; for example, adenylation is required for selective stabilization of miR-122 in mouse liver (Katoh et al. 2009), whereas in THP-1 cell line, adenylation reduces effectiveness of miR-26a, miR- 27a, and miR-122 (Burroughs et al. 2010). In vitro editing of pri-mir-142 in two positions remarkably reduced pre-mir- 142 synthesis (Yang et al. 2006). This indicates that miRNA editing is one of the mechanisms that increase the repertoire of miRNAs and their targets. "
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