Altered Levels of Long NcRNAs Meg3 and Neat1 in Cell And Animal Models Of Huntington’s Disease

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RNA Biology


Altered expression levels of protein-coding genes and microRNAs have been implicated in the pathogenesis of Huntington’s disease (HD). The involvement of other ncRNAs, especially long ncRNAs (lncRNA), is being realized recently and the related knowledge is still rudimentary. Using small RNA sequencing and PCR arrays we observed perturbations in the levels of 12 ncRNAs in HD mouse brain, eight of which had human homologs. Of these, Meg3, Neat1, and Xist showed a consistent and significant increase in HD cell and animal models. Transient knock-down of Meg3 and Neat1 in cell models of HD led to a significant decrease of aggregates formed by mutant huntingtin and downregulation of the endogenous Tp53 expression. Understanding Meg3 and Neat1 functions in the context of HD pathogenesis is likely to open up new strategies to control the disease.

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