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Mir-27 SS.png
Conserved secondary structure of miR-27 prescursor
Symbol miR-27
Rfam RF00644
miRBase MI0000085
miRBase family MIPF0000036
Entrez 407018
HUGO 31613
Other data
RNA type miRNA
Domain(s) Animalia
Locus Chr. 19 [1]

miR-27 is a family of microRNA precursors found in animals, including humans.[1] MicroRNAs are typically transcribed as ~70 nucleotide precursors and subsequently processed by the Dicer enzyme to give a ~22 nucleotide product.[2] The excised region or, mature product, of the miR-27 precursor is the microRNA mir-27.

Herpesvirus saimiri expresses several non-coding RNAs (HSURs) which have been found to significantly reduce the level of mir-27 in a host cell.[3] It has been proposed that miR-27 operates together with miR-23 and mir-24 in a co-operative cluster.[4]

Regulation of adipocyte differentiation[edit]

miR-27 is one of a number of microRNAs implicated in cholesterol homeostasis and fatty acid metabolism.[5] The miR-27 gene family has been shown to be downregulated during the differentiation of adipocytes. miR-27 overexpression inhibits adipocyte formation when overexpressed, acting by blocking the expression of two main regulators of adipogenesis.[6] MicroRNAs miR-27a and -27b have been found to negatively regulate adipocyte differentiation through regulation of the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) post-transcriptionally, as well as C/EBP alpha in the case of miR-27b.[7] miR-27 can be identified both as an adipogenic inhibitor and as playing an important role in the development of obesity.[6]

Wnt signalling pathway[edit]

miR-27 is an activator of the Wnt signalling pathway, affecting the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells into osteoblasts.[8] miR-27 has been found to target and inhibit gene expression of the adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) protein, enabling it to regulate osteoblast differentiation. Expression levels of miR-27 are positively correlated with beta-catenin,[9] a key protein in Wnt signalling. There is activation of Wnt signalling through nuclear accumulation of this protein, which is in response to inhibition of the beta-catenin destruction complex. This in turn is brought about by APC inhibition of miR-27.[9]

Cancer Regulation[edit]

miR-27 is known to regulate components involved in numerous types of cancer, including breast[10][11] and ovarian.[12] miR-27a has been identified as an oncogenic microRNA and, specifically, is highly expressed in breast cancer cells. Inhibition of miR-27 by antisense molecules decreases cell proliferation.[13] Antisense RNA directed against miR-27a has been shown to decrease the percentage of cells in S phase whilst also increasing those in the G2-M phase.[14]

The FOXO (Forkhead Box O) gene sub-family encodes tumour-suppressive transcription factors that regulate multiple aspects of cell cycle progression and survival. FOXO1 protein expression is down-regulated in breast tumour tissue samples; miR-27a has been identified as one of three miRNAS (along with miR-96 and miR-182) which directly target FOXO1 and regulate its endogenous expression. Suppression of miR-27a results in a FOXO1 protein increase and a consequent cell number decrease.[14]


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  10. ^ Li, X; Mertens-Talcott, SU, Zhang, S, Kim, K, Ball, J, Safe, S (2010 Jun). "MicroRNA-27a Indirectly Regulates Estrogen Receptor {alpha} Expression and Hormone Responsiveness in MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cells.". Endocrinology 151 (6): 2462–73. doi:10.1210/en.2009-1150. PMC 2875816. PMID 20382698.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
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