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Genes 2010, 1(1), 70-84; doi:10.3390/genes1010070

Next Generation Sequencing of miRNAs – Strategies, Resources and Methods

1, 2, 1,2 and 2,*
1 Cologne Center for Genomics (CCG), University of Cologne, 50931 Cologne, Germany 2 Cologne Excellence Cluster for Cellular Stress Responses in Aging Associated Diseases (CECAD), University of Cologne, 50674 Cologne, Germany
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 30 April 2010 / Revised: 1 June 2010 / Accepted: 3 June 2010 / Published: 3 June 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Next Generation DNA Sequencing)
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miRNAs constitute a family of small RNA species that have been demonstrated to play a central role in regulating gene expression in many organisms. With the advent of next generation sequencing, new opportunities have arisen to identify and quantify miRNAs and elucidate their function. The unprecedented sequencing depth reached by next generation sequencing technologies makes it possible to get a comprehensive miRNA landscape but also poses new challenges for data analysis. We provide an overview of strategies used for miRNA sequencing, public miRNA resources, and useful methods and tools that are available for data analysis.
Keywords: miRNA; next generation sequencing miRNA; next generation sequencing
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Motameny, S.; Wolters, S.; Nürnberg, P.; Schumacher, B. Next Generation Sequencing of miRNAs – Strategies, Resources and Methods. Genes 2010, 1, 70-84.

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