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Microarray and deep sequencing cross-platform analysis of the mirRNome and isomiR variation in response to epidermal growth factor

Franc Llorens12345, Manuela Hummel12, Lorena Pantano1267, Xavier Pastor127, Ana Vivancos128, Ester Castillo12, Heidi Mattlin129, Anna Ferrer12, Matthew Ingham129, Marc Noguera107, Robert Kofler111122, Juliane C Dohm1112, Raquel Pluvinet7, Mònica Bayés129, Heinz Himmelbauer12, José Antonio del Rio345, Eulàlia Martí126 and Lauro Sumoy127*

Author Affiliations

1 Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona, Spain

2 Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Spain

3 Molecular and Cellular Neurobiotechnology Group, Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya (IBEC), Barcelona, Spain

4 Department of Cell Biology, University of Barcelona (UB), Barcelona, Spain

5 Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red en Enfermedades Neurodegenerativas (CIBERNED), Barcelona, Spain

6 Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red en Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Barcelona, Spain

7 Institute of Predictive and Personalized Medicine of Cancer (IMPPC), Badalona, Spain

8 Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), Barcelona, Spain

9 Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómicos (CNAG), Barcelona, Spain

10 Molecular Epidemiology Group, IRSI-Caixa Foundation, Barcelona, Spain

11 Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, Germany

12 Institute for Population Genetics, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria

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BMC Genomics 2013, 14:371  doi:10.1186/1471-2164-14-371

Published: 1 June 2013



Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) plays an important function in the regulation of cell growth, proliferation, and differentiation by binding to its receptor (EGFR) and providing cancer cells with increased survival responsiveness. Signal transduction carried out by EGF has been extensively studied at both transcriptional and post-transcriptional levels. Little is known about the involvement of microRNAs (miRNAs) in the EGF signaling pathway. miRNAs have emerged as major players in the complex networks of gene regulation, and cancer miRNA expression studies have evidenced a direct involvement of miRNAs in cancer progression.


In this study, we have used an integrative high content analysis approach to identify the specific miRNAs implicated in EGF signaling in HeLa cells as potential mediators of cancer mediated functions. We have used microarray and deep-sequencing technologies in order to obtain a global view of the EGF miRNA transcriptome with a robust experimental cross-validation. By applying a procedure based on Rankprod tests, we have delimited a solid set of EGF-regulated miRNAs. After validating regulated miRNAs by reverse transcription quantitative PCR, we have derived protein networks and biological functions from the predicted targets of the regulated miRNAs to gain insight into the potential role of miRNAs in EGF-treated cells. In addition, we have analyzed sequence heterogeneity due to editing relative to the reference sequence (isomiRs) among regulated miRNAs.


We propose that the use of global genomic miRNA cross-validation derived from high throughput technologies can be used to generate more reliable datasets inferring more robust networks of co-regulated predicted miRNA target genes.