Microregulation of zebrafish skeletal development by microRNAs

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Title: Microregulation of zebrafish skeletal development by microRNAs
Author: He, Xinjun, 1982-
Abstract: MicroRNAs are small regulatory RNAs that control various developmental and physiological processes in animals and plants. To study the involvement of microRNAs in skeletal development, I manipulated the expression of miR-140, which is strongly expressed in the developing skeleton, and miR-196, which is located among the body patterning Hox cluster genes. I found that miR-140 regulates zebrafish palate formation by interfering with neural crest cell migration through the inhibition of the expression of the platelet derived growth factor receptor alpha ( pdgfra ) gene. I also found that miR196 regulates zebrafish pectoral fin initiation by regulating the expression of the retinoic acid receptor alpha b ( rarab ) gene and that miR-196 is involved in the patterning of zebrafish pharyngeal arches and vertebrae. These results illuminate previously unknown regulatory mechanisms of skeletal development. I also reviewed current knowledge concerning microRNAs in skeletal development and evolution and discussed potential relationships between microRNAs and skeletal disease. This dissertation includes previously published and unpublished coauthored material.
Description: xvii, 125 p. : ill. (some col.) A print copy of this thesis is available through the UO Libraries. Search the library catalog for the location and call number.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/11187
Date: 2010-09

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