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  Mouse&Rat miRNA OneArray  
 Molecular Biosystems. 2014 Jan 14. doi: 10.1039/C3MB70564A .
 An increased ratio of serum miR-21 to miR-181a levels is associated with the early pathogenic process of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in asymptomatic heavy smokers  
 Lihua Xie, Minghua Wu, Hua Lin, Chun Liu, Honghui Yang, Juan Zhan, Shenghua Sun
Heavy smoking is associated with the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, there is no valuable biomarker for evaluating COPD development in heavy smokers because they are usually asymptomatic. This study is aimed at evaluating whether the levels of serum miRNAs can serve as biomarkers for predicting the occurrence of COPD. A rat model of emphysema was induced by enforced smoking, and the dynamic miRNAs expression profile at different stages of emphysema with varying periods of smoking were analyzed by microarray and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). The differentially expressing miRNAs were analyzed using Gene Ontology and the KEGG PATHWAY database. The levels of three serum candidate miRNAs were measured by qRT-PCR in 41 healthy controls (HC), 40 asymptomatic heavy smokers, and 49 COPD patients. Following smoking for varying periods, different severities of lung emphysema were observed in different groups of rats, accompanied by altered levels of some serum miRNAs associated with regulating some pathways. Furthermore, the levels of miR-21 were significantly higher in the COPD patients and asymptomatic heavy smokers than in the HC (P < 0.001), while the levels of miR-181a were significantly lower in the COPD patients and asymptomatic heavy smokers than in the HC (P < 0.001). Accordingly, the levels of serum miR-21 and miR-181a as well as their ratios had a high sensitivity (0.854) and specificity (0.850) for evaluating the development of COPD. Our data suggest that the levels of serum miR-21 and miR-181a may be valuable for evaluating the development of COPD in heavy smokers.

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  Mouse&Rat miRNA OneArray  
 Environmental Toxicology. 2015, 30(6):712-23. doi: 10.1002/tox.21949.
 Prenatal and neonatal exposure to perfluorooctane sulfonic acid results in aberrant changes in miRNA expression profile and levels in developing rat livers
 Fan Wang, Yihe Jin, Faqi Wang, Junsheng Ma, Wei Liu
Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) is an animal carcinogen. However, the underlying mechanism in cancer initiation is still largely unknown. Recently identified microRNAs (miRNAs) may play an important role in toxicant exposure and in the process of toxicant-induced tumorigenesis. We used PFOS to investigate PFOS-induced changes in miRNA expression in developing rat liver and the potential mechanism of PFOS-induced toxic action. Dams received 3.2 mg/kg PFOS in their feed from gestational day 1 (GD1) to postnatal day 7 (PND 7). Pups then had free access to treated feed until PND 7. We isolated RNAs from liver tissues on PND 1 and 7 and analyzed the expression profiles of 387 known rat miRNAs using microarray technology. PFOS exposure induced significant changes in miRNA expression profiles. Forty-six miRNAs had significant expression alterations on PND 1, nine miRNAs on PND 7. Specifically, expression of four miRNAs was up-regulated on PND 7 but down-regulated on PND1 (p < 0.05). Many aberrantly expressed miRNAs were related to various cancers. We found oncogenic and tumor-suppressing miRNAs, which included miR-19b, miR-21*, miR-17-3p, miR-125a-3p, miR-16, miR-26a, miR-1, miR-200c, and miR-451. In addition, four miRNAs were simultaneous significantly expressed on both PND 1 and 7. Functional Annotation analysis of the predicted transcript targets revealed that PFOS exposure potentially alters pathways associated with different cancers (cancer, melanoma, pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, and glioma), biological processes which include positive regulation of apoptosis and cell proliferation. Results showed PFOS exposure altered the expression of a suite of miRNAs.

  Mouse OneArray  
 Archives Of Toxicology. 2014 Oct 2.
 Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate accelerates atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein E-deficient mice
 Jin‑feng Zhao, Sheng‑huang Hsiao, Ming‑hua Hsu, Kuan‑chuan Pao, Yu Ru Kou, Song‑kun Shyue, Tzong‑shyuan Lee
Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is associated with atherosclerosis-related cardiovascular disease complications, but we lack direct evidence of its unfavorable effect on atherogenesis. In this study, we aimed to clarify in vivo and in vitro the contribution of DEHP to the development ofatherosclerosis and its underlying mechanisms. Apolipoprotein E-deficient (apoE-/-) mice chronically treated with DEHP for 4 weeks showed exacerbated hyperlipidemia, systemic inflammation, and atherosclerosis. In addition, DEHP promoted low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation, which led to inflammation in endothelial cells as evidenced by increased protein expression of pro-inflammatory mediators. Furthermore, chronic DEHP treatment increased hepatic cholesterol accumulation by downregulating the protein expression of key regulators in cholesterol clearance including LDL receptor, cholesterol 7帢-hydrolase, ATP-binding cassette transporter G5 and G8, and liver X receptor 帢. Moreover, the adiposity and inflammation of white adipose tissues were promoted in DEHP-treated apoE-/- mice. In conclusion, DEHP may disturb cholesterol homeostasis and deregulate the inflammatory response, thus leading to accelerated atherosclerosis.

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  Mouse&Rat miRNA OneArray  
 Cellular And Molecular Biology Letters. DOI: 10.1515/cmble-2015-0034.
 Mechanical Strain Affects Some Microrna Profiles in Pre-Oeteoblasts
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are important regulators of cell proliferation, differentiation and function. Mechanical strain is an essential factor for osteoblast proliferation and differentiation. A previous study revealed that a physiological mechanical tensile strain of 2500 microstrain (弮庰) at 0.5 Hz applied once a day for 1 h over 3 consecutive days promoted osteoblast differentiation. However, the mechanoresponsive miRNAs of these osteoblasts were not identified. In this study, we applied the same mechanical tensile strain to in vitro cultivated mouse MC3T3-E1 pre-osteoblasts and identified the mechanoresponsive miRNAs. Using miRNA microarray and qRT-PCR assays, the expression patterns of miRNAs were evaluated and 5 of them were found to be significantly different between the mechanical loading group and the control group: miR-3077-5p, 3090-5p and 3103-5p were significantly upregulated and miR-466i-3p and 466h-3p were downregulated. Bioinformatics analysis revealed possible target genes for these differentially expressed miRNAs. Some target genes correlated with osteoblast differentiation. These findings indicated that the mechanical strain changed the expression levels of these miRNAs. This might be a potential regulator of osteoblast differentiation and responses to mechanical strain.

  Mouse&Rat miRNA OneArray  
 Bmc Genomics. doi: 10.1186/s12864-015-1896-3..
 Weight-reduction through a low-fat diet causes differential expression of circulating microRNAs in obese C57BL/6 mice
Background To examine the circulating microRNA (miRNA) expression profile in a mouse model of diet-induced obesity (DIO) with subsequent weight reduction achieved via low-fat diet (LFD) feeding. Results Eighteen C57BL/6NCrl male mice were divided into three subgroups: (1) control, mice were fed a standard AIN-76A (fat: 11.5 kcal %) diet for 12 weeks; (2) DIO, mice were fed a 58 kcal % high-fat diet (HFD) for 12 weeks; and (3) DIO + LFD, mice were fed a HFD for 8 weeks to induce obesity and then switched to a 10.5 kcal % LFD for 4 weeks. A switch to LFD feeding led to decreases in body weight, adiposity, and blood glucose levels in DIO mice. Microarray analysis of miRNA using The Mouse & Rat miRNA OneArray® v4 system revealed significant alterations in the expression of miRNAs in DIO and DIO + LFD mice. Notably, 23 circulating miRNAs (mmu-miR-16, mmu-let-7i, mmu-miR-26a, mmu-miR-17, mmu-miR-107, mmu-miR-195, mmu-miR-20a, mmu-miR-25, mmu-miR-15b, mmu-miR-15a, mmu-let-7b, mmu-let-7a, mmu-let-7c, mmu-miR-103, mmu-let-7f, mmu-miR-106a, mmu-miR-106b, mmu-miR-93, mmu-miR-23b, mmu-miR-21, mmu-miR-30b, mmu-miR-221, and mmu-miR-19b) were significantly downregulated in DIO mice but upregulated in DIO + LFD mice. Target prediction and function annotation of associated genes revealed that these genes were predominantly involved in metabolic, insulin signaling, and adipocytokine signaling pathways that directly link the pathophysiological changes associated with obesity and weight reduction. Conclusions These results imply that obesity-related reductions in the expression of circulating miRNAs could be reversed through changes in metabolism associated with weight reduction achieved through LFD feeding.