Study Sheds Light on Possible Therapeutic Approach for Neurodegenerative Disease

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CINCINNATI, March 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Scientists partially re-insulated ravaged nerves in mouse models of multiple sclerosis (MS) and restored limb mobility by treating the animals with a small non-coding RNA called a microRNA.

In a study published online March 27 in Developmental Cell, researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center report that treatment with a microRNA called miR-219 restarted production of a substance called myelin in nerves of the central nervous system. Myelin forms a protective sheath around nerves, allowing them to efficiently transmit electrical impulses that stimulate movement.

Study authors administered miR-219 into the spinal columns and cerebrospinal fluid of mice with nerve coatings damaged by a chemical called lysolecithin or by autoimmune encephalomyelitis induced in the animals, which is used to model MS. Treatment with miR-219 reinvigorated the function of damaged cells called oligodendrocytes that produce myelin, which allowed the substance to reform and reinsulate nerves.

“We show that miR-219 targets multiple processes that inhibit myelin formation after nerve injury by the disease process, and that treatment with this microRNA partially restores myelination and limb function,” said Q. Richard Lu, PhD, lead investigator and scientific director of the Brain Tumor Center at Cincinnati Children’s. “It is conceivable that augmenting miR-219 treatment with other blockers of myelin regrowth may provide a multipoint treatment strategy for people with demyelinating diseases like MS.”

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Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2017

Non-coding RNA is still accepting submissions for a Special Issue on Non Coding RNA methods. This Special Issue is co guest-edited by Dr. Piero Carninci from the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies in Japan and Dr. Florent Hubé from the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. Accepted papers are published online immediately after copy editing. Non-Coding RNA is an Open Access journal.

ncRNA is a rapidly growing field in which new research methods are continuously appearing.  With this Special Issue, the editors aim to collect a selection of articles on newly developed techniques of special interest for researchers in the ncRNA field.

Considered will be manuscripts that report on new experimental methods , as well as reviews of exceptional interest that focus on newly developed techniques for ncRNA research that include:

  • ncRNA analysis programs
  • ncRNA Chromatography methods
  • ncRNA structure analysis
  • ncRNA function analysis
  • ncRNA by high-throughput screening
  • ncRNA Database/Annotation
  • ncRNA imaging
  • methods to detect the interactome of RNA (with proteins, with chromatin, etc.)

Dr. Piero Carninci
Dr. Florent Hubé
Guest Editors

Please use the online submission system and indicate in your cover letter that you would like to have your manuscript considered for the Special Issue “Non Coding RNA methods”. If you would like to enquire [click to continue…]


Upcoming Webinar: Analyzing RNA-seq Data

by Christoph on March 25, 2017

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qlucore-rna-seq-data-analysis.pngMarch 28th 2017:
Demonstration of Qlucore Omics Explorer, the bioinformatics software for scientists, biologists looking for a user-friendly analysis software for instant visualization and exploration of data.

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To book a Personalized webinar, please e-mail [email protected].


2nd International Symposium on Frontiers in Molecular Science

Non-Coding RNAs & Epigenetics in Cancer


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21–23 June 2017

Biocenter, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Announcement: Final Deadline for Early Registration Fees 31 March 2017

An international scientific conference organized by the MDPI journals International Journal of Molecular Sciences and Non-Coding RNA

One of the most unexpected and fascinating discoveries in oncology over the past decade has been the interplay between abnormalities in protein-coding genes and non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs), which are causally involved in cancer initiation, progression, and dissemination. Although, to date, the most studied non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) are miRNAs, the importance of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) is increasingly being recognized. At the conference, entitled “Non-Coding RNAs and Epigenetics in Cancer”, leaders in the field will present the roles of miRNAs and lncRNAs in cancer, with a focus on the recently identified novel mechanisms of action, and discuss the current strategies in designing ncRNA-targeting therapeutics, as well as the associated challenges. We hope to see you all, young in spirit and mind, in the new Eldorado of Science topics in biomedical sciences!

The Non-Coding RNAs and Epigenetics in Cancer will be held in Basel, Switzerland, from 21st to 23rd of June 2017. It will comprise five plenary sessions to highlight the most exciting developments and the latest breakthroughs in oncology.

If you are interested in participating in this conference, and in presenting a poster, or in being selected for a short talk, please register and get in touch with the conference secretariat. The program of the conference is being assembled and will be fully available by March 2017.

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RNAMEDICINE 2017 Symposium

by Christoph on March 24, 2017

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RNA MEDICINE 2017 conference Boston

The third annual day-long iRM (Institute for RNA Medicine – BIDMC Cancer Center/Harvard Medical School) symposium will be held Thursday April 27, 2017, at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Registration is open!


REVIEW – MicroRNA therapeutics: towards a new era for the management of cancer and other diseases

March 22, 2017

New Nature Reviews Drug Discovery publication in the Series “RNA-based therapies”: MicroRNA therapeutics: towards a new era for the management of cancer and other diseases Abstract: In just over two decades since the discovery of the first microRNA (miRNA), the field of miRNA biology has expanded considerably. Insights into the roles of miRNAs in development […]

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Teen Scientist Researches New Approach to Neurological Damage; Wins Regeneron Science Talent Search 2017

March 15, 2017

Indrani Das of New Jersey Wins $250,000 Top Award with microRNA-124a related research. Forty Finalists From Across U.S. Take Home More Than $1.8 Million inNation’s Oldest and Most Prestigious High School Science and Mathematics Competition   WASHINGTON, March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Society for Science & the Public and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) announced that […]

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The small RNA Workbench Version 4.2 ALPHA released

June 23, 2016

The UEA small RNA Workbench is a suite of tools for analyzing micro RNA and other small RNA data from High-Throughput Sequencing devices.  For a quick overview of what the UEA sRNA Workbench can do for you, and which tool you should select for the task, please visit this page. Latest release is version 4.2 alpha which is released […]

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Call for Papers: Special Issue – MicroRNA Regulation 2017

June 22, 2016

The International Journal of Molecular Sciences (Impact Factor3.257 (2015); 5-Year Impact Factor: 3.213 (2015)) is working on a Special Issue ” MicroRNA Regulation 2017” and is calling for submissions. For the letter of the special issue editor and manuscript submission details please see: CFP dead line: 31 January 2017    

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NYAS miRNA Symposium: A Gene Silencing Mechanism with Therapeutic Implications

June 21, 2016

The Biochemical Pharmacology Discussion Group at the New York Academy of Sciences is presenting  a miRNA Symposium with a great speaker line-up: EVENT:  MicroRNAs: A Gene Silencing Mechanism with Therapeutic Implications WHEN: July 13, 2016  from 9am – 5:00 pm WHERE: The New York Academy of Sciences Conference Center in NYC 7 World Trade Center […]

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