Research Perspective Volume 2, Issue 3 pp 166—169
Interpretation and applicability of microRNA data to the context of Alzheimer's and age-related diseases
- 1 CHUL Research Center/CHUQ and Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval, Quebec, QC, G1K 7P4, Canada
Received: March 11, 2010 Accepted: March 19, 2010 Published: April 2, 2010https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.100131
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Generated by the ribonuclease III Dicer, microRNAs (miRNAs) are predicted to regulate up to 90% of the genes in humans, suggesting that they may control every cellular processes in all cells and tissues of the human body! Likely to play a central role in health and disease, a dysfunctional miRNA-based regulation of gene expression may represent the main etiologic factor underlying age-related diseases affecting major organs, such as the brain. Here, we discuss some of the limitations associated to the interpretation and applicability of miRNA data, based on our recent study on the etiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Using transiently transfected murine neuronal N2a cells in culture, in parallel to a mouse model of AD, we were able to demonstrate a role for two miRNAs (miR-298 and miR-328) in the regulation of ß-amyloid (Aß) precursor protein (APP)-converting enzyme (BACE) messenger RNA (mRNA) translation, thereby providing key insights into the molecular basis underlying BACE deregulation in AD. However, whether miRNA data can be extrapolated and transposed to the human context of age-related diseases, such as AD, not only requires caution, but also warrants several considerations.