MicroRNAs function as cis- and trans-acting modulators of peripheral circadian clocks. Academic Article uri icon


  • Based on their extracellular expression and targeting of the clock gene Bmal1, miR-142-3p and miR-494 were analyzed for evidence of vesicle-mediated communication between cells and intracellular functional activity. Our studies demonstrate that: miR-142-3p+miR-494 overexpression decreases endogenous BMAL1 levels, increases the period of Per2 oscillations, and increases extracellular miR-142-3p/miR-494 abundance in conditioned medium; miRNA-enriched medium increases intracellular expression of miR-142-3p and represses Bmal1 3'-UTR activity in nave cells; and inhibitors of vesicular trafficking modulate intercellular communication of these miRNAs and ensemble Per2 rhythms. Thus, miR-142-3p and miR-494 may function as cis- and trans-acting signals contributing to local temporal coordination of cell-autonomous circadian clocks.

published proceedings

  • FEBS Lett

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Shende, V. R., Kim, S., Neuendorff, N., & Earnest, D. J.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Shende, Vikram R||Kim, Sam-Moon||Neuendorff, Nichole||Earnest, David J

publication date

  • August 2014