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Deciphering sex-specific miRNAs as heat-recorders in zebrafish


In the last decade, a plethora of microRNAs (miRNAs) has been reported in a wide variety of physiological processes, including reproduction, in many aquatic organisms. However, miRNAome alterations occurred by environmental cues due to water temperature increment have not yet been elucidated. With the aim to identify epigenetic regulations mediated by miRNAs in the gonads in a climate change scenario, the animal model zebrafish (Danio rerio) were subjected to high temperatures during sex differentiation, a treatment that results in male-skewed sex ratios in the adulthood. Once the fish reached adulthood, gonads were sequenced by high-throughput technologies and a total of 23 and 1 differentially expressed miRNAs in ovaries and testes, respectively, were identified two months after the heat treatment. Most of these heat-recorder miRNAs were involved in human sex-related cancer and about 400 predicted-target genes were obtained, some with reproduction-related functions. Their synteny in the zebrafish genome was, for more than half of the predicted target genes, in the chromosomes 7, 2, 4, 3 and 11 in the ovaries, chromosome 4 being the place where the sex-associated-region (sar) is localized in wild zebrafish. Further, spatial localization in the gonads of two selected heat-recorder miRNAs (miR-122-5p and miR-146-5p) showed exclusive expression in the ovarian germ cells. The present study expands the catalog of sex-specific miRNAs and deciphers, for the first time, thermosensitive miRNAs in the zebrafish gonads that might be used as potential epimarkers to predict environmental past events.
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Comment : Correction: Deciphering sex-specific miRNAs as heat-recorders in zebrafish (vol 12, 18722 , 2022). Scientific Reports 14, 4869 (2024) - DOI:10.1038/s41598-024-55491-x

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hal-03886962 , version 1 (06-12-2022)





Tosca A van Gelderen, Jérôme Montfort, José Antonio Álvarez-Dios, Violette Thermes, Francesc Piferrer, et al.. Deciphering sex-specific miRNAs as heat-recorders in zebrafish. Scientific Reports, 2022, 12, pp.18722. ⟨10.1038/s41598-022-21864-3⟩. ⟨hal-03886962⟩
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