Downregulation of an evolutionary young mir-1290 in an ipscderived neural stem cell model of autism spectrum disorder

Dalia Moore, Brittney M. Meays, Lepakshe S.V. Madduri, Farah Shahjin, Subhash Chand, Meng Niu, Abrar Albahrani, Chittibabu Guda, Gurudutt Pendyala, Howard S. Fox, Sowmya V. Yelamanchili

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The identification of several evolutionary young miRNAs, which arose in primates, raised several possibilities for the role of such miRNAs in human-specific disease processes. We previously have identified an evolutionary young miRNA, miR-1290, to be essential in neural stem cell proliferation and neuronal differentiation. Here, we show that miR-1290 is significantly downregulated during neuronal differentiation in reprogrammed induced pluripotent stem cell-(iPSC-) derived neurons obtained from idiopathic autism spectrum disorder (ASD) patients. Further, we identified that miR-1290 is actively released into extracellular vesicles. Supplementing ASD patient-derived neural stem cells (NSCs) with conditioned media from differentiated control-NSCs spiked with "artificial EVs" containing synthetic miR-1290 oligonucleotides significantly rescued differentiation deficits in ASD cell lines. Based on our earlier published study and the observations from the data presented here, we conclude that miR-1290 regulation could play a critical role during neuronal differentiation in early brain development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8710180
JournalStem Cells International
StatePublished - 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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