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GSE131475: Circular RNA expression alteration in peripheral blood of premature infants with periventricular white matter damage

Bulk RNA sequencing

Periventricular white matter damage (PWMD) is the principal pathological type of brain damage in premature. It causes irreversible damage to the overall function of the central nervous system resulting in cerebral palsy, convulsions, epilepsy, cognitive, motor dysfunction and other late effects. CircRNAs are participate in the biological processes underlying many nervous system diseases. However, the circRNA expression profile of peripheral venous blood of premature infants with PWMD is not completely understood. Three premature with white matter damage (PWMD group) and three infants without brain injury (Normal group) were enrolled. Peripheral venous blood was collected from both groups for extraction of RNA and circRNA sequencing was performed. The RNA-seq technique was used to screen the differentially expressed circRNA in peripheral blood of infants with PWMD. The accuracy of sequencing results was verified by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (q-PCR) to the differentially express partial circRNA in the sequencing results. Bioinformatics analysis of Host genes was performed with differential circRNA. TargetScan and Miranda were used to predict circRNA-binding miRNAs and mapped into a circRNA-miRNA co-expression network. There were 119 significantly different circRNAs as compared with premature without brain injury, along with 1 circRNA was up-regulated and 4 circRNAs were down-regulated expression in the PWMD group. Combined with the existing research results and bioinformatics analysis results after sequencing, it is suggested that circRNA may regulate the occurrence and development of white matter damage in premature infants by interacting with miRNA. This first study of its kind further identified the expression profile of circRNA in peripheral blood of premature with WMD, and provide a novel targets for further investigation about the molecular mechanisms underlying PWMD and potential therapeutic intervention. SOURCE: Sisi Mo ( - Zhongda Hospital, Southeast University

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