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Description miRBase is the searchable microRNA database, a central repository of published microRNA sequences and annotation.
Data types
microRNA annotations
Organisms All
Research center University of Manchester
Laboratory Faculty of Life Sciences
Authors Ana Kozomara
Primary citation Kozomara & al. (2011)[1]
Release date 2011
Data format FASTA, GFF, EMBL
Website or via FTP
Download URL
Versioning yes
Data release
Version 17

The miRBase database is an archive of microRNA sequences.[1][2][3][4][5] As of September 2010 miRBase (release 16) contains over 15 ,000 microRNA loci and over 17, 000 distinct mature sequences, from 142 species.[1] The miRBase registry provides a centralised system for assigning new names to microRNA genes.[6]

miRBase grew from the microRNA registry resource set up by Sam Griffiths-Jones in 2003.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Kozomara A, Griffiths-Jones S (2010). "miRBase: integrating microRNA annotation and deep-sequencing data". Nucleic Acids Res. 39 (Database issue): D152–7. doi:10.1093/nar/gkq1027. PMC 3013655Freely accessible. PMID 21037258. 
  2. ^ Griffiths-Jones S (2010). "miRBase: microRNA sequences and annotation". Curr Protoc Bioinformatics: Unit 12.9.1–10. doi:10.1002/0471250953.bi1209s29. PMID 20205188. 
  3. ^ Griffiths-Jones S, Saini HK, Van Dongen S; et al. (2007). "miRBase: tools for microRNA genomics". Nucleic Acids Res. 36 (Database issue): D154–8. doi:10.1093/nar/gkm952. PMC 2238936Freely accessible. PMID 17991681. 
  4. ^ Griffiths-Jones S (2006). "miRBase: the MicroRNA Sequence Database". Methods Mol Biol. 342: 129–38. doi:10.1385/1-59745-123-1:129. PMID 16957372. 
  5. ^ Griffiths-Jones S, Grocock RJ, Van Dongen S; et al. (2006). "miRBase: microRNA sequences, targets and gene nomenclature". Nucleic Acids Res. 34 (Database issue): D140–4. doi:10.1093/nar/gkj112. PMC 1347474Freely accessible. PMID 16381832. 
  6. ^ Ambros V, Bartel B, Bartel DP; et al. (2003). "A uniform system for microRNA annotation". RNA. 9 (3): 277–9. PMC 1370393Freely accessible. PMID 12592000. 
  7. ^ Griffiths-Jones S (2004). "The microRNA Registry". Nucleic Acids Res. 32 (Database issue): D109–11. doi:10.1093/nar/gkh023. PMC 308757Freely accessible. PMID 14681370.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)

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