Microarray analysis of drosophila dicer-2 mutants reveals potential regulation of mitochondrial metabolism by endogenous siRNAs

Do Hwan Lim, Langho Lee, Chun Taek Oh, Nam Hoon Kim, Seungwoo Hwang, Sung Jun Han, Young Sik Lee

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RNA interference is a eukaryotic regulatory mechanism by which small non-coding RNAs typically mediate specific silencing of their cognate genes. In Drosophila, the RNase III enzyme Dicer-2 (Dcr-2) is essential for biogenesis of endogenous small interfering RNAs (endo-siRNAs), which have been implicated in regulation of endogenous protein-coding genes. Although much is known about microRNA-based regulatory networks, the biological functions of endo-siRNAs in animals remain poorly understood. We performed gene expression profiling on Drosophila dcr-2 null mutant pupae to investigate transcriptional effects caused by a severe defect in endo-siRNA production, and found 306 up-regulated and 357 down-regulated genes with at least a twofold change in expression compared with the wild type. Most of these up-regulated and down-regulated genes were associated with energy metabolism and development, respectively. Importantly, mRNA sequences of 39% of the up-regulated genes were perfectly complementary to the sequences of previously reported endo-siRNAs, suggesting they maybe direct targets of endo-siRNAs. We confirmed up-regulation of five selected genes matching endo-siRNAs and concomitant down-regulation of the corresponding endo-siRNAs in dcr-2 mutant pupae. Most of the potential endo-siRNA target genes were associated with energy metabolism, including the citric acid cycle and oxidative phosphorylation in mitochondria, implying that these are major metabolic processes directly affected by endo-siRNAs in Drosophila. Consistent with this finding, dcr-2 null mutant pupae had lower ATP content compared with controls, indicating that mitochondrial energy production is impaired in these mutants. Our data support a potential role for the endo-siRNA pathway in energy homeostasis through regulation of mitochondrial metabolism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)418-427
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of cellular biochemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Feb


  • Dicer-2
  • Drosophila
  • Endogenous sirna
  • Microarray
  • RNA Interference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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