Research Papers: Gerotarget (Focus on Aging):

Differentially expressed lncRNAs and miRNAs with associated ceRNA networks in aged mice with postoperative cognitive dysfunction

Changwei Wei, Ting Luo, Shanshan Zou, Xiaobin Zhou, Wenzhen Shen, Xiaolin Ji, Qi Li and Anshi Wu _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:55901-55914. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.18362

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Changwei Wei1, Ting Luo1, Shanshan Zou1, Xiaobin Zhou2, Wenzhen Shen1, Xiaolin Ji3, Qi Li3 and Anshi Wu1

1 Department of Anesthesiology, Beijing Chao-Yang Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China

2 Department of Orthopedics, Beijing Chao-Yang Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China

3 Department of Anesthesiology, Beijing Tsinghua Changgung Hospital, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

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Anshi Wu, email:

Keywords: microarray, miRNA, long non-coding RNA, competing endogenous RNA, postoperative cognitive dysfunction, Gerotarget

Received: February 13, 2017 Accepted: May 28, 2017 Published: June 03, 2017


Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is a common postoperative complication observed in elderly patients. Using microarray analyses, we comprehensively compared long non-coding RNA (lncRNA), messenger RNA (mRNA), and microRNA (miRNA) expression profiles in hippocampal tissues from a mouse model of POCD and control mice. A total of 175 lncRNAs, 117 mRNAs, and 26 miRNAs were differentially expressed between POCD and control mice. Gene ontology (GO) and KEGG pathway enrichment analyses were performed to explore the principal functions of dysregulated genes. Correlated coding-noncoding co-expression (CNC) and competing endogenous RNA (ceRNA) expression networks were constructed using bioinformatics methods. lncRNA NONMMUT000708 correlated positively with expression of the inflammation-related gene Hif3a. lncRNAs NONMMUT043249 and NONMMUT028705 mediated gene expression by binding the transcription factor cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB). The constructed ceRNA network suggested lncRNA NONMMUT055714 binds competitively with miR-7684-5p, increasing expression of its target gene, Sorl1. Finally, eight dysregulated lncRNAs, four miRNAs, and ten mRNAs were confirmed via quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in 10 POCD-healthy mouse paired samples. These results suggest that lncRNAs and miRNAs are involved in POCD pathogenesis and progression. Our ceRNA network will improve understanding of lncRNA-mediated ceRNA regulatory mechanisms operating during the pathogenesis of POCD.

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