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RNA. 2008 Jul;14(7):1276-83. doi: 10.1261/rna.997708. Epub 2008 May 29.

A computational screen for mouse signaling pathways targeted by microRNA clusters.

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  • 1Center of Integrative Biology, Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China 510663.

Abstract

MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are one class of short, endogenous RNAs which can regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. Previous analysis revealed that mammalian miRNAs tend to cluster on chromosomes. However, the functional consequences of this clustering and conservation property are largely unknown. In this study we present a method to identify signaling pathways targeted by clustered miRNAs. We performed a computational screen for mouse signaling pathways targeted by miRNA clusters. Here, we report that the target genes of 3 miRNA clusters are overrepresented in 15 signaling pathways. We provided experimental evidence that one miRNA cluster, mmu-mir-183-96-182 targets Irs1, Rasa1, and Grb2, all of which are located in the insulin signaling pathway. Theses results suggest that by targeting components with different roles along a signaling pathway, different members of one miRNA cluster can act as a whole to coordinately control the signal transduction process.

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18511500
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PMCID:
PMC2441985
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