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Nucleic Acids Res. 2011 Nov 1;39(20):e136. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkr646. Epub 2011 Aug 10.

The microRNA body map: dissecting microRNA function through integrative genomics.

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  • 1Center for Medical Genetics, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium and Life Technologies, Foster City, CA, USA. pieter.mestdagh@ugent.be

Abstract

While a growing body of evidence implicates regulatory miRNA modules in various aspects of human disease and development, insights into specific miRNA function remain limited. Here, we present an innovative approach to elucidate tissue-specific miRNA functions that goes beyond miRNA target prediction and expression correlation. This approach is based on a multi-level integration of corresponding miRNA and mRNA gene expression levels, miRNA target prediction, transcription factor target prediction and mechanistic models of gene network regulation. Predicted miRNA functions were either validated experimentally or compared to published data. The predicted miRNA functions are accessible in the miRNA bodymap, an interactive online compendium and mining tool of high-dimensional newly generated and published miRNA expression profiles. The miRNA bodymap enables prioritization of candidate miRNAs based on their expression pattern or functional annotation across tissue or disease subgroup. The miRNA bodymap project provides users with a single one-stop data-mining solution and has great potential to become a community resource.

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21835775
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PMCID:
PMC3203610
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