Persistent expression of microRNA-125a targets is required to induce murine hematopoietic stem cell repopulating activity

Danielle G. Luinenburg, Alexander Bak Dinitzen, Arthur Flohr Svendsen, Roza Cengiz, Albertina Ausema, Ellen Weersing, Leonid Bystrykh, Gerald de Haan*

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MicroRNAs (miRs) are small noncoding RNAs that regulate gene expression posttranscriptionally by binding to the 30 untranslated regions of their target mRNAs. The evolutionarily conserved microRNA-125a (miR-125a) is highly expressed in both murine and human hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), and previous studies have found that miR-125 strongly enhances self renewal of HSCs and progenitors. In this study we explored whether temporary overexpression of miR-125a would be sufficient to permanently increase HSC self-renewal or, rather, whether persistent overexpression of miR-125a is required. We used three complementary in vivo approaches to reversibly enforce expression of miR-125a in murine HSCs. Additionally, we interrogated the underlying molecular mechanisms responsible for the functional changes that occur in HSCs on overexpression of miR-125a. Our data indicate that continuous expression of miR-125a is required to enhance HSC activity. Our molecular analysis confirms changes in pathways that explain the characteristics of miR-125a overexpressing HSCs. Moreover, it provides several novel putative miR-125a targets, but also highlights the complex molecular changes that collectively lead to enhanced HSC function. (c) 2020 ISEH - Society for Hematology and Stem Cells. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)47-59.e5
Aantal pagina's18
TijdschriftExperimental Hematology
StatusPublished - feb.-2021

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