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    Perversely expressed long noncoding RNAs can alter host response and viral proliferation in SARS-CoV-2 infection MESHD

    Authors: Rafeed Rahman Turjya; Md. Abdullah-Al-Kamran Khan; Abul B.M.M.K. Islam

    doi:10.1101/2020.06.29.177204 Date: 2020-06-29 Source: bioRxiv

    BackgroundSince December 2019, the world is experiencing an unprecedented crisis due to a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. Owing to poor understanding of pathogenicity, the virus is eluding treatment and complicating recovery. Regulatory roles of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) during viral infection MESHD and associated antagonism of host antiviral immune responses has become more evident in last decade. To elucidate possible functions of lncRNAs in the COVID-19 MESHD pathobiology, we have utilized RNA-seq dataset of SARS-CoV-2 infected MESHD lung epithelial cells. ResultsOur analyses uncover 21 differentially expressed lncRNAs whose functions are broadly involved in cell survival and regulation of gene expression. By network enrichment analysis we find that these lncRNAs can directly interact with differentially expressed protein-coding genes ADAR HGNC, EDN1 HGNC, KYNU HGNC, MALL HGNC, TLR2 HGNC and YWHAG HGNC; and also AKAP8L HGNC, EXOSC5 HGNC, GDF15 HGNC, HECTD1 HGNC, LARP4B HGNC, LARP7 HGNC, MIPOL1 HGNC, UPF1 HGNC, MOV10 HGNC and PRKAR2A HGNC, host genes that interact with SARS-CoV-2 proteins. These genes are involved in cellular signaling, metabolism, immune response and RNA homeostasis. Since lncRNAs have been known to sponge microRNAs and protect expression of upregulated genes, we also identified 9 microRNAs that are induced in viral infections; however, some lncRNAs are able to block their usual suppressive effect on overexpressed genes and consequently contribute to host defense and cell survival. ConclusionsOur investigation determines that deregulated lncRNAs in SARS-CoV-2 infection MESHD are involved in viral proliferation, cellular survival, and immune response, ultimately determining disease outcome and this information could drive the search for novel RNA therapeutics as a treatment option.

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