Possible epigenetic regulatory effect of dysregulated circular RNAs in Alzheimer’s disease model

Woo Jin Lee, Jangsup Moon, Daejong Jeon, Yong Won Shin, Jung Suk Yoo, Dong Kyu Park, Soon Tae Lee, Keun Hwa Jung, Kyung Il Park, Ki Young Jung, Manho Kim, Sang Kun Lee, Kon Chu

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As circular RNAs (circRNAs) regulates the effect of micro RNAs (miRNAs), circRNA–miRNA-mRNA network might be implicated in various disease pathogenesis. Therefore, we evaluated the dysregulated circRNAs in the Tg2576 mouse Alzheimer’s disease (AD) model, their possible regulatory effects on downstream target mRNAs, and their pathomechanistic role during the disease progression. The microarray-based circRNA expression analysis at seven- and twelve-months of ages (7 M and 12 M) returned 101 dysregulated circRNAs at 7 M (55 up-regulated and 46 down-regulated) and twelve dysregulated circRNAs at 12 M (five up-regulated and seven down-regulated). For each dysregulated circRNA, potential target miRNAs and their downstream target mRNAs were searched. Dysregulation of circRNAs was associated with increased frequency of relevant dysregulation of their downstream target mRNAs. Those differentially expressed circRNA–miRNA-mRNA regulatory network included 2,275 networks (876 for up-regulated circRNAs and 1,399 for down-regulated circRNAs) at 7 M and 38 networks (25 for up-regulated circRNAs and 13 for down-regulated circRNAs) at 12 M. Gene ontology (GO) and pathway analyses demonstrated that the dysregulated mRNAs in those networks represent the AD pathomechanism at each disease stage. We concluded that the dysregulated circRNAs might involve in the AD pathogenesis by modulating disease relevant mRNAs via circRNA–miRNA-mRNA regulatory networks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11956
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2019

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