Differential expression of miRNA inCarassius auratus gibelioin response to cyprinid herpesvirus 2 infection

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Abstract

miRNAs (microRNAs), a small endogenous non-coding RNAs, play crucial roles in post-transcriptional regulator of genes expression in various biological processes. Cyprinid Herpesvirus-2 (CyHV-2) is a highly pathogenic member of the alloherpesviridae that causes acute mass mortalities in populations of Carassius auratus gibelio and Carassius auratus auratus. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenicity of CyHV-2 have not been fully determined. Here, miRNA expression profiles were identified via high-throughput sequencing in the kidney of Carassius auratus gibelio infected or uninfected with CyHV-2. The results showed that a total number of 840 known miRNAs and 48 putative novel miRNAs were identified. Then we compared the expression patterns of miRNAs in the two groups, 23 miRNAs were significantly differentially expressed between the uninfected and infected groups. Further, the expressions of 23 miRNAs were validated by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), the results showed that the expression patterns were basically the same with the sequencing. Prediction of targets of differentially expressed miRNAs revealed that the miRNAs participated in the regulation of multiple immune-related signaling pathways, including Chemokine signaling pathway, Apoptosis, Jak-STAT signaling pathway and MAPK signaling pathway. Taken together, these data provide insight into the regulatory mechanisms of miRNA and highlight the function of miRNA in the regulation of the immune response during the interaction between host and virus pathogens.

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