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Conservation of virally encoded microRNAs in Kaposi sarcoma--associated herpesvirus in primary effusion lymphoma cell lines and in patients with Kaposi sarcoma or multicentric Castleman disease.

TitleConservation of virally encoded microRNAs in Kaposi sarcoma--associated herpesvirus in primary effusion lymphoma cell lines and in patients with Kaposi sarcoma or multicentric Castleman disease.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsMarshall, Vickie, Parks Thomas, Bagni Rachel, Wang Cheng Dian, Samols Mark A., Hu Jianhong, Wyvil Kathleen M., Aleman Karen, Little Richard F., Yarchoan Robert, Renne Rolf, and Whitby Denise
JournalThe Journal of infectious diseases
Volume195
Issue5
Pagination645-59
Date Published2007 Mar 1
ISSN0022-1899
KeywordsAcquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, Base Sequence, Cell Line, Tumor, Conserved Sequence, Genetic Variation, Giant Lymph Node Hyperplasia, Herpesvirus 8, Human, Humans, Lymphoma, MicroRNAs, Molecular Sequence Data, Nucleic Acid Conformation, Phylogeny, Sarcoma, Kaposi
AbstractBACKGROUND: MicroRNAs are small noncoding RNAs that posttranscriptionally regulate gene expression. Kaposi sarcoma (KS)-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) encodes 12 distinct microRNA genes, all of which are located within the latency-associated region that is highly expressed in all KSHV-associated malignancies. METHODS: We amplified, cloned, and sequenced a 2.8-kbp-long region containing a cluster of 10 microRNAs plus a 646-bp fragment of K12/T0.7 containing the remaining 2 microRNAs from 5 primary effusion lymphoma-derived cell lines and from 17 patient samples. The patients included 2 with classic KS, 12 with AIDS-KS (8 from the United States, 1 from Europe, 3 from Africa, and 4 from Central/South America), and 2 with multicentric Castleman disease (MCD). Additionally, we analyzed the K1, open reading frame 75, and K15 genes to determine KSHV subtypes, and we performed a phylogenetic analysis. RESULTS: Phylogenetic analysis of the 2.8-kbp microRNA region revealed 2 distinct clusters of sequences: a major (A/C) and a variant (B/Q) cluster. The variant cluster included sequences from 3 patients of African origin and both patients with MCD. Some microRNAs were highly conserved, whereas others had changes that could affect processing and, therefore, biological activity. CONCLUSIONS: These data demonstrate that KSHV microRNA genes are under tight selection in vivo and suggest that they contribute to the biological activity and possibly the pathogenesis of KSHV-associated malignancies.
DOI10.1086/511434
Alternate JournalJ. Infect. Dis.


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