Role of MicroRNA in Phosphorus Defficiency


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Role of MicroRNA in Phosphorus Defficiency

  1. 1. Presented By: Kunj Bihari Gupta M.Phil-Ph.D (1st sem) Center for Biosciences School of Basic and Applied Sciences Central University of Punjab
  2. 2. What are MicroRNAs (miRs)? –  MicroRNAs are a class of 21-24 nucleotides long, single stranded, endogenous, non-coding RNAs involved in PTGS in all eukaryotes .  Transcribed from genomic DNA mainly by RNA poly II.  Nascent transcript known as pri-miR, then premiR and finally form mature miR.  Generate dsRNA with the target mRNA which is chopped by different nucleases.
  3. 3.  First miR lin-4 was discovered in 1993 by Victor Ambros in C. elegans  Regulate lin-14 protein.  In 2000 second miR (let-7) characterized in C. elegans  Total 24,521 miRs discovered so far. MicroRNA Database. (2013). (
  4. 4.  According to standard nomenclature system, name of     any MicroRNA is written as mir-123. miR = MicroRNA (mature form). mir = Precursor MicroRNA. Number indicates order of discovery. Annotated with an additional lower case letter e.g.miR-123a & miR-123b, if deference in only one or two nucleotides.
  5. 5.  Additional dash-number suffix e.g., miR-123-1 & miR- 123-2, if produce same miR but transcribed from different places in the genome of same organism.  When two miRs originate from opposite arms of the same mir, then they are denoted with a -3p or -5p suffix.  When relative expression levels are known, then an asterisk (*) are use to differentiate e.g.- miR-123 (more) and miR-123*(less).
  6. 6. Species specific miR are denoted as below  hsa = Homo sapiens (Human)  oar = Ovis aries (Sheep)  ath = Arabidopsis thaliana (model plant)  d = Drosophila
  7. 7. Genomic DNA Transcription (Poly II) In Side Nucleus Pri-miRNA Drosa+DGCR8 complex Pre-miRNA Exportin- 5 Pre-miRNA In Side Cytoplasm Dicer Mature-miRNA
  8. 8. Nephew k.p. et al., 2010
  9. 9. Although the miRNA is only 24 nucleotides long, But its 5' and 3' ends seem to have distinct roles• miRNAs can regulate their targets simply by strong pairing with so-called seed sequence that consist of just seven or eight bases complementary to the miRNA 5' end. •miRNA 3' ends provide an additional measure of regulatory control by permitting the function of target sites that have only limited complementarity to the miRNA 5' end.
  10. 10. Sun et al., 2010
  11. 11. miR can regulate gene expression in two ways:- 1. Indirect- activating/deactivating regulatory elements. 2. Direct- making double stranded transcript by binding to regulating genes.
  12. 12.  miRNA is regulated by transcription factors (TFs) which bind to few kb to more than 50 kb upstream of the miRNA genes.  Very few exact TF binding sites have been identified experimentally.
  13. 13. • miRBase: • Diana Lab: • • • • • • • • MicroCosm: miRNAminer: miRviewer: Patrocles: microRBase: PicTar: TargetRank: TargetScanS:
  14. 14.  When plants are subjected to other than ideal growing   - - conditions, then it considered to be under stress. Plants are sessile hence cannot escape from stress. Stress may trigger a wide range of plant responses:Altered gene expression Cellular metabolism Changes in growth rates and crop yield, etc.
  15. 15.  Biotic – Imposed by another living organism  Abiotic – Arising from an excess or deficit in the physical and chemical environment. BIOTIC STRESSES Caused by living organisms •Fungi •Bacteria •Insects •Herbivores •Other plants/competition ABIOTIC STRESSES Environmental, nonbiological •Temperature (high / low) •Water (high / low) •Salt •Radiation •Chemical •Nutrition deficiency
  16. 16.  Function: Stimulates early growth and formation, hastens maturity, promotes production and makes plants hardy. root seed  Symptoms: Small root growth, spindly stalk, delayed maturity, purplish discoloration of leaves, dying of tips of older leaves, and poor fruit and seed development.
  17. 17. Nilssona L et al., 2010
  18. 18.  Ubiquitin-conjugating E2 enzyme (UBC24).  Phosphate starvation responsive (PHR1, PHR2).  Phosphate transporter genes (Pht1.8 & Pht1.9).  PHO1,PHO2 gene. etc.
  19. 19. Nilssona L et al., 2010
  20. 20. Root Shoot Hsieh Li-Ching et al., 2009
  21. 21.  Out of many miR, miR399 are most studied.  Which is strongly induced upon P starvation.  It is a family of nearly similar 6 different miR named as miR399a, miR399b miR399c, miR399d, miR399f in case of Arabidopsis.  The target for this miR is PHO2 gene.  Binds to the 5’ UTR of PHO2 transcripts. miR399e,
  22. 22. Conclusion  Plants are sessile in nature so, continuously exposed to different stress.  It is interesting to know the role of miRNAs, involved in the regulation of plant abiotic stress.  To find out stress-responsive miRNAs, smallRNA libraries were created and sequenced with pooled RNAs from plants treated with different abiotic stresses
  23. 23.  miR399 are most studied in P starvation state.  This miR down regulate the PHO2 gene transcripts.  Expression of this miR is also tightly regulated by an transcription factor MYB-2 in Arabidopsis. Sun et al., 2010
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