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Identification and Characterization of MiRNAs in Coccomyxa subellipsoidea C-169

School of Food Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, China
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20(14), 3448;
Received: 11 June 2019 / Revised: 9 July 2019 / Accepted: 11 July 2019 / Published: 13 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Biochemistry)
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Coccomyxa subellipsoidea C-169 (C-169) is an oleaginous microalga which is promising for renewable biofuel production. MicroRNAs (miRNAs), as the pivotal modulators of gene expression at post-transcriptional level, are prospective candidates for bioengineering practice. However, so far, no miRNA in C-169 has been reported and its potential impact upon CO2 supplementation remains unclear. High-throughput sequencing of small RNAs from C-169 cultured in air or 2% CO2 revealed 124 miRNAs in total, including 118 conserved miRNAs and six novel ones. In total, 384 genes were predicted as their potential target genes, 320 for conserved miRNAs and 64 for novel miRNAs. The annotated target genes were significantly enriched in six KEGG pathways, including pantothenate and CoA biosynthesis, C5-branched dibasic acid metabolism, 2-oxocarboxylic acid metabolism, butanoate metabolism, valine, leucine and isoleucine biosynthesis and alpha-linolenic acid metabolism. The miRNAs’ target genes were enriched in lipid metabolism as well as RNA-interacting proteins involved in translation, transcription and rRNA processing. The pioneering identification of C-169 miRNAs and analysis of their putative target genes lay the foundation for further miRNA research in eukaryotic algae and will contribute to the development of C-169 as an oleaginous microalga through bioengineering in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: Coccomyxa subellipsoidea C-169; miRNA; lipid metabolism; transcription/translation factor; CO2 supplementation Coccomyxa subellipsoidea C-169; miRNA; lipid metabolism; transcription/translation factor; CO2 supplementation

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Yang, R.; Chen, G.; Peng, H.; Wei, D. Identification and Characterization of MiRNAs in Coccomyxa subellipsoidea C-169. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20, 3448.

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