Regulated expression of microRNAs in normal and polycythemia vera erythropoiesis

Hana Bruchova, Donghoon Yoon, Archana M. Agarwal, Joshua Mendell, Josef T. Prchal

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Objective: Polycythemia vera (PV) is a myeloproliferative disorder, arising from the acquired mutation(s) of a hematopoietic stem cell. The JAK2 V617F somatic mutation is found in most PV patients; however, it is not the disease-initiating mutation. Because microRNAs (miRNAs) play a regulatory role in hematopoiesis, we studied miRNA expressions in PV and normal erythropoiesis. Methods: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were cultured in a three-phase liquid system resulting in synchronized expansion of erythroid progenitors. Using gene-expression profiling by CombiMatrix MicroRNArray, we searched for PV-specific changes at days 1, 14, and 21. Twelve miRNA candidates were then reevaluated by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction in a larger number of samples obtained from progenitors at the same stage of differentiation. Results: A significant difference in miR-150 expression was found in PV. In normal erythropoiesis, three expression patterns of miRNAs were observed: progressive downregulation of miR-150, miR-155, miR-221, miR-222; upregulation of miR-451, miR-16 at late stages of erythropoiesis; and biphasic regulation of miR-339, miR-378. The miR-451 appears to be erythroid-specific. Conclusions: We identified the miRNAs with regulated expression in erythropoiesis; one appeared to be PV-specific. Their miRNA expression levels define early, intermediate, and late stages of erythroid differentiation. The validity of our findings was confirmed in nonexpanded peripheral blood cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1657-1667
Number of pages11
JournalExperimental Hematology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Hematology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Cancer Research


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