Animals (2020-09-01)

CircRNA-1926 Promotes the Differentiation of Goat SHF Stem Cells into Hair Follicle Lineage by miR-148a/b-3p/CDK19 Axis

  • Rong H. Yin,
  • Su J. Zhao,
  • Qian Jiao,
  • Ze Y. Wang,
  • Man Bai,
  • Yi X. Fan,
  • Yu B. Zhu,
  • Wen L. Bai

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 10, no. 1552
p. 1552


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Circular RNAs (CircRNAs) are a type of non-coding RNAs, which contain a covalently closed loop structure without 5′ to 3′ free ends. CircRNAs play essential roles in the regeneration of secondary hair follicle (SHF) and cashmere growth in goats. CircRNA-1926 was previously identified in SHF of cashmere goats, but its potential roles are unclear. In this study, we confirmed the expression of circRNA-1926 in SHF bulge of nine cashmere goats with a significantly higher level at anagen than that of telogen. Through the use of both overexpression and siRNA interference, we showed that circRNA-1926 promoted the differentiation of SHF stem cell into hair follicle lineage in cashmere goats which was evaluated via indictor genes Keratin 7 and Keratin 17. Using RNA pull-down, we found that circRNA-1926 bound with miR-148a/b-3p. Additionally, our data indicated that circRNA-1926 promoted the expression of the CDK19 gene. Using dual-luciferase reporter assays, it was revealed that circRNA-1926 positively regulated the CDK19 expression through miR-148a/b-3p. The results from this study demonstrated that circRNA-1926 contributes the differentiation of SHF stem cells into hair follicle lineages in cashmere goats via sponging miR-148a/b-3p to enhance CDK19 expression.