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Identification of microRNAs and relative target genes in Moringa oleifera leaf and callus

Stefano, P; Ivana, M; Arianna, G; Letizia, Z; Angelo, G; Rosella, C; Roberta, B; ... Andrea, G; + view all (2019) Identification of microRNAs and relative target genes in Moringa oleifera leaf and callus. Scientific Reports , 9 , Article 15145. 10.1038/s41598-019-51100-4. Green open access

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Abstract

MicroRNAs, a class of small, non-coding RNAs, play important roles in plant growth, development and stress response by negatively regulating gene expression. Moringa oleifera Lam. plant has many medical and nutritional uses; however, little attention has been dedicated to its potential for the bio production of active compounds. In this study, 431 conserved and 392 novel microRNA families were identified and 9 novel small RNA libraries constructed from leaf, and cold stress treated callus, using high-throughput sequencing technology. Based on the M. oleifera genome, the microRNA repertoire of the seed was re-evaluated. qRT-PCR analysis confirmed the expression pattern of 11 conserved microRNAs in all groups. MicroRNA159 was found to be the most abundant conserved microRNA in leaf and callus, while microRNA393 was most abundantly expressed in the seed. The majority of predicted microRNA target genes were transcriptional factors involved in plant reproduction, growth/development and abiotic/biotic stress response. In conclusion, this is the first comprehensive analysis of microRNAs in M. oleifera leaf and callus which represents an important addition to the existing M. oleifera seed microRNA database and allows for possible exploitation of plant microRNAs induced with abiotic stress, as a tool for bio-enrichment with pharmacologically important phytochemicals.

Type: Article
Title: Identification of microRNAs and relative target genes in Moringa oleifera leaf and callus
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-51100-4
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-51100-4
Language: English
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Keywords: Epigenetics analysis, Gene regulatory networks, High-throughput screening, Plant genetics, Plant molecular biology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Cancer Institute
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Cancer Institute > Research Department of Oncology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10084740
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