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Assessment of differentially expressed plasma microRNAs in nonsyndromic cleft palate and nonsyndromic cleft lip with cleft palate

Jingyun Li, Jijun Zou, Qian Li, Ling Chen, Yanli Gao, Hui Yan, Bei Zhou and Jun Li _

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Oncotarget. 2016; 7:86266-86279. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.13379

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Jingyun Li1,*, Jijun Zou2,*, Qian Li1, Ling Chen1, Yanli Gao1, Hui Yan1, Bei Zhou1, Jun Li1

1State Key Laboratory of Reproductive Medicine, Department of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Maternal and Child Health Medical Institute, Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital Affiliated to Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing 210004, China

2Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery, Children’s Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing 210008, China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence to:

Jun Li, email: [email protected]

Keywords: nonsyndromic cleft palate, nonsyndromic cleft lip with cleft palate, plasma microRNA, miRNA microarray

Received: September 30, 2016     Accepted: November 05, 2016     Published: November 16, 2016


Plasma microRNAs (miRNAs) have recently emerged as a new class of regulatory molecules that influence many biological functions. However, the expression profile of plasma microRNAs in nonsyndromic cleft palate (NSCP) or nonsyndromic cleft lip with cleft palate (NSCLP) remains poorly investigated. In this study, we used Agilent human miRNA microarray chips to monitor miRNA levels in three NSCP plasma samples (mixed as the CP group), three NSCLP plasma samples (mixed as the CLP group) and three normal plasma samples (mixed as the Control group). Six selected plasma miRNAs were validated in samples from an additional 16 CP, 33 CLP and 8 healthy children using qRT-PCR. Using Venn diagrams, distinct and overlapping dysregulated miRNAs were identified. Their respective target genes were further assessed using gene ontology and pathway analysis. The results show that distinct or overlapping biological processes and signalling pathways were involved in CP and CLP. Our study showed that the common key gene targets reflected functional relationships to the Notch, Wnt, phosphatidylinositol and Hedgehog signalling pathways. Further studies should examine the mechanism of the potential target genes, which may provide new avenues for future clinical prevention and therapy.

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