Integrative analysis of miRNA-mRNA network in idiopathic membranous nephropathy by bioinformatics analysis.

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Date: Sept. 29, 2021
From: PeerJ(Vol. 9)
Publisher: PeerJ. Ltd.
Document Type: Article
Length: 4,811 words
Lexile Measure: 1310L

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Background Currently, several specific antigens, M-type receptor for secretory phospholipase A2(PLA2R1), thrombospondin type-1 domain-containing 7A(THSD7A), and neural epidermal growth factor-like 1 protein (NELL-1), are discovered associated with the onset of idiopathic membranous nephropathy (IMN). But the pathomechanisms of IMN still need to be further claried. Understanding the mechanisms of IMN is required to improve its diagnosis and treatment. Methods In this study, we constructed miRNA regulatory networks to investigate IMN development. Moreover, miRNAs and mRNAs that were differentially expressed between Idiopathic Membranous Nephropathy (IMN) patients and normal controls were examined using the GSE115857 dataset and our previous sequence study. DE miRNA target genes were determined based on the FUNRICH software, starBase, miRDB, and miRWalk, and an miRNA-mRNA network was designed using DE-mRNAs that were negatively correlated with DE-miRNAs. The miRNA-mRNA network contained 228 miRNA-mRNA pairs. Thereafter, we conducted KEGG pathway, GO functional annotation, immune-related gene screening, protein interaction networks, and potential hub gene analyses. Furthermore, 10 miRNAs and 10 genes were determined and preliminarily validated using the validation dataset from GEO. Finally, we identified which pair may offer more accurate diagnosis and therapeutic targets for IMN. Results Two miRNA-mRNA pairs, miR-155-5p-FOS and miR-146a-5p-BTG2, were differentially expressed in IMN, indicating that these genes may affect IMN through immune processes. These findings may offer more accurate diagnoses and therapeutic targets for IMN.

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