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Identification of Key Genes and miRNA-mRNA Regulatory Pathways in Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in Preterm Infants by Bioinformatics Methods
  • Tong Sun,
  • Haiyang Yu,
  • Jianhua Fu
Tong Sun
Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University
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Haiyang Yu
Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University
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Jianhua Fu
Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University
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Background: BPD remains a severe respiratory complication of preterm infants in NICUs. However, its pathogenesis has been unclear. Bioinformatics analysis, which can help us explore genetic alternations and recognize latent diagnostic biomarkers, has recently promoted the comprehension of the molecular mechanisms underlying disease occurrence and development. Methods: In this study, we identified key genes and miRNA-mRNA regulatory networks in BPD in preterm infants to elucidate the pathogenesis of BPD. We downloaded and analyzed miRNA and gene expression microarray datasets from the Gene Expression Omnibus database (GEO). Differentially expressed miRNA (DEMs) and differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were obtained through NetworkAnalyst. We performed pathway enrichment analysis using the Database for Annotation, Visualization and Integrated Discovery program (DAVID), Gene Ontology (GO), and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG). Then we used the STRING to establish protein–protein interactions and the Cytoscape tool to establish miRNA–mRNA regulatory networks. Results: We identified 19 significant DEMs and 140 and 33 significantly upregulated and downregulated DEGs, respectively. Functional enrichment analysis indicated that significant DEGs were associated with the antigen processing and presentation, and B-cell receptor signaling pathways in BPD. Key DEGs, such as CD19, CD79B, MS4A1, and FCGR2B were selected as hub genes in PPI networks. Conclusions: In this study, we screened out 19 DEMs that might play important roles in the regulatory networks of BPD. Higher expression of miRNAs such as miR-15b-5p, hsa-miR-32-5p, miR-3613-3p, and miR-33a-5p and lower expression of miRNAs such as miR-3960, miR-425-5p, and miR-3202 might be correlated with the process of BPD.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

05 Sep 2020Submitted to Pediatric Pulmonology
07 Sep 2020Assigned to Editor
07 Sep 2020Submission Checks Completed
08 Sep 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending