Differential expression of CircRNAs in embryonic heart tissue associated with ventricular septal defect

Heng Liu, Yin Hu, Bin Zhuang, Jing Yin, Xiao Hui Chen, Juan Wang, Meng Meng Li, Jing Xu, Xing Yun Wang, Zhang Bin Yu, Shu Ping Han

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Objectives: To explore and validate the differential expression of circRNAs in the myocardium of congenital ventricular septal defect (VSD) and to explore a new avenue of research regarding the pathological mechanisms of VSD. Methods: We detected circRNAs expression profiles in heart tissues taken from six aborted fetuses with VSD and normal group using circRNA microarray. Some differentially expressed circRNAs were studied by bioinformatics analysis. Finally, quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) was performed to confirm these results. Results: This study found abundant circRNAs in the myocardium taken from individuals in the normal group and the VSD group. After that, totally 6234 differentially expressed circRNAs between the normal group and the VSD group were confirmed (Fold change ≥ 2.0; p < 0.05). Then, this research carried out bioinformatics analysis and predicted the potential biological functions of circRNAs. Finally, the over-expression of hsa_circRNA_002086 and under-expression of hsa_circRNA_007878, hsa_circRNA_100709, hsa_circRNA_101965, hsa_circRNA_402565 were further validated by qRT-PCR. Conclusions: There is a significant difference in expression of the circRNA in cardiac tissue from VSD group compared to the normal group. Combined with the microarray results and previous researches, circRNAs may contribute to the occurrence of VSD by acting as miRNA sponges or by binding proteins, these possible roles for circRNAs in VSD require elucidation in additional studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)703-712
Number of pages10
JournalInternational journal of medical sciences
Issue number7
StatePublished - May 14 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)
  • Fetation
  • Heart development
  • MiRNA sponges

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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