Comparative analysis of small RNAs released by the filarial nematode Litomosoides sigmodontis in vitro and in vivo

Quintana, J. F. et al. (2019) Comparative analysis of small RNAs released by the filarial nematode Litomosoides sigmodontis in vitro and in vivo. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 13(11), e0007811. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0007811) (PMID:31770367) (PMCID:PMC6903752)

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Background: The release of small non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) has been reported in parasitic nematodes, trematodes and cestodes of medical and veterinary importance. However, little is known regarding the diversity and composition of sRNAs released by different lifecycle stages and the portion of sRNAs that persist in host tissues during filarial infection. This information is relevant to understanding potential roles of sRNAs in parasite-to-host communication, as well as to inform on the location within the host and time point at which they can be detected. Methodology and principal findings: We have used small RNA (sRNA) sequencing analysis to identify sRNAs in replicate samples of the excretory-secretory (ES) products of developmental stages of the filarial nematode Litomosoides sigmodontis in vitro and compare this to the parasite-derived sRNA detected in host tissues. We show that all L. sigmodontis developmental stages release RNAs in vitro, including ribosomal RNA fragments, 5’-derived tRNA fragments (5’-tRFs) and, to a lesser extent, microRNAs (miRNAs). The gravid adult females (gAF) produce the largest diversity and abundance of miRNAs in the ES compared to the adult males or microfilariae. Analysis of sRNAs detected in serum and macrophages from infected animals reveals that parasite miRNAs are preferentially detected in vivo, compared to their low levels in the ES products, and identifies miR-92-3p and miR-71-5p as L. sigmodontis miRNAs that are stably detected in host cells in vivo. Conclusions: Our results suggest that gravid adult female worms secrete the largest diversity of extracellular sRNAs compared to adult males or microfilariae. We further show differences in the parasite sRNA biotype distribution detected in vitro versus in vivo. We identify macrophages as one reservoir for parasite sRNA during infection, and confirm the presence of parasite miRNAs and tRNAs in host serum during patent infection.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research was supported by Wellcome Trust 201083/Z/16/Z to A. Buck and Wellcome Trust-University of Edinburgh Institutional Strategic Support Fund ISSF3 to A. Buck and ISSF IS3-R63 to M.Taylor as well as MRC R42229 to M.Taylor and BBSRC FMTA to A. Hoy.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Babayan, Dr Simon and Quintana, Dr Juan
Creator Roles:
Babayan, S. A.Conceptualization, Supervision, Writing – review and editing
Quintana, J. F.Conceptualization, Formal analysis, Investigation, Methodology, Validation, Writing – original draft, Writing – review and editing
Authors: Quintana, J. F., Kumar, S., Ivens, A., Chow, F. W. N., Hoy, A. M., Fulton, A., Dickinson, P., Martin, C., Taylor, M., Babayan, S. A., and Buck, A. H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Publisher:Public Library of Science
ISSN (Online):1935-2735
Published Online:26 November 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 13(11):e0007811
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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