UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology

Publication Date

5-21-2010

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Animals; Databases, Genetic; *Gene Expression; Genomics; Humans; Mice; MicroRNAs; Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis; RNA, Messenger

Disciplines

Immunology and Infectious Disease

Abstract

BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression by binding to the messenger RNA (mRNA) of protein coding genes. They control gene expression by either inhibiting translation or inducing mRNA degradation. A number of computational techniques have been developed to identify the targets of miRNAs. In this study we used predicted miRNA-gene interactions to analyse mRNA gene expression microarray data to predict miRNAs associated with particular diseases or conditions.

RESULTS: Here we combine correspondence analysis, between group analysis and co-inertia analysis (CIA) to determine which miRNAs are associated with differences in gene expression levels in microarray data sets. Using a database of miRNA target predictions from TargetScan, TargetScanS, PicTar4way PicTar5way, and miRanda and combining these data with gene expression levels from sets of microarrays, this method produces a ranked list of miRNAs associated with a specified split in samples. We applied this to three different microarray datasets, a papillary thyroid carcinoma dataset, an in-house dataset of lipopolysaccharide treated mouse macrophages, and a multi-tissue dataset. In each case we were able to identified miRNAs of biological importance.

CONCLUSIONS: We describe a technique to integrate gene expression data and miRNA target predictions from multiple sources.

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Citation: BMC Bioinformatics. 2010 May 18;11:257. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

BMC bioinformatics

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

20482775

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