Research Paper Volume 12, Issue 7 pp 5625—5639

LncRNA 2310043L19Rik inhibits differentiation and promotes proliferation of myoblast by sponging miR-125a-5p

Rongyang Li 1, , Bojiang Li 2, , Ming Shen 1, , Yan Cao 1, , Xuan Zhang 1, , Weijian Li 1, , Jingli Tao 1, , Wangjun Wu 1, , Honglin Liu 1, ,

  • 1 Department of Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction, College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China
  • 2 College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, Shenyang Agricultural University, Shenyang 110866, China

received: October 29, 2019 ; accepted: January 27, 2020 ; published: March 31, 2020 ;
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Although many long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been identified in muscle, some of their physiological functions and regulatory mechanisms remain elusive. Here we report the functional identification and characterization of a novel lncRNA 2310043L19Rik (lnc-231), which is highly expressed in muscle. The expression level of lnc-231 in skeletal muscle of young mice is higher than that in aged mice. Functional analysis showed that overexpression of lnc-231 restrained differentiation and promoted proliferation of myoblast, while inhibition of lnc-231 revealed completely opposite effects in vitro. RNA molecules of lnc-231 acted mechanistically as competing endogenous RNAs (ceRNA) to target miR-125a-5p, whereas miR-125a-5p binds to the 3’-UTR of E2F3 mRNA to inhibit its function. Collectively, lncRNA 2310043L19Rik promotes proliferation and inhibits differentiation of myoblast cells by attenuating the function of miR-125a-5p.


CCK-8: Cell Counting Kit-8; qPCR: Quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction; ceRNA: Competing endogenous RNA; EdU: Ethynyl-2-deoxyuridine; lncRNA: Long non-coding RNA; snRNA-seq: single-nuclear RNA sequencing: undefined.